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Brandon Ace honored for patriotic support of employee
By Staff reports

August 22. 2014 10:05AM
South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DOD) office has recognized Jason Melcher of Brandon Ace Hardware with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the South Dakota Guard and Reserve.

“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,” said Ron Mielke, South Dakota ESGR. Melcher was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard by his Reserve Component employee, SPC Adam Aus. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.

Aus nominated Melcher for this award to thank him for his support of his duties in the National Guard, including flexible schedules, time off for inspections and training time, and allowing him time to care for his family of soldiers as well as his own family at home. His support is invaluable and allows him to focus on his training while he is serving in the National Guard without worrying about how things are going back at the work. It’s a lot to ask of an employer, and he is grateful that Melcher, and Brandon Ace Hardware, support him in this way.

ESGR, a DOD office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.

Jason Melcher (third from left) with Brandon Ace Hardware accepts a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees serving in the South Dakota Guard and Reserve. Pictured are, from left: Gary Lang, ESGR, Adam Aus (ARNG 211TH Engineering Co.), Jason Melcher, Brandon Ace Hardware, and Laurie Fluit, ESGR. Submitted photo

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