Recently, Ken Hamel was nominated by our employee, Bill Munsell, as a recipient of the Patriot Award.

The Patriot Award is not an employer-wide award, but rather one that recognizes individual supervisors and bosses for their support of an employee service in the National Guard or Reserve.


On May 2, 2013, on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Earl Bonett, the Vice Chairman of Employers in Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented Ken with his award.


ESGR is a Department of Defense operational committee, established in 1972, to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers, as well as assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.