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St. Mary's Hospital to be Honored by DOD for Extraordinary Support of Employees Who Serve 

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today that Barbara Hauge & Christine Wilson of St. Mary’s Hospital will be honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of one of their employees – Margaret Wallace – whose husband, Staff Sergeant Michael Wallace, serves in the 115th Fighter Wing of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. 

The presentation will take place at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Conference Center on Thursday, February 21, at noon. Members of the media are welcome to attend.

According to Dick Vallin, Wisconsin’s ESGR Chair, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.  Barb and Chris were nominated for being highly supportive of the 115th Fighter Wing by their employee’s reserve component spouse.  Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees. For more information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities please refer to our website at www.esgr.mil, or by calling Tim Flatley at 242-3169.


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