Joe Harper of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers -Greers Ferry office was the recent recipient of the My Boss is a Patriot Award.  This award, given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization, recognizes individuals who have devoted countless amounts of time and energy supporting the men and women in the Guard and Reserve programs.  It recognizes supervisors, bosses, and businesses that have been nominated by a Guardsman/Reservist employee who go out of their way to accomodate those employees, and students, who devote a portion of their life to uniformed service.
Harper was nominated by Staff Sgt Jordan Magness of the 189th Medical Group in Little Rock.
"Joe is a True Patriot and an outstanding supervisor,' said Magness in his nomination.  "He is very understanding when it comes to supporting what we do in the Air National Guard... He knows that when I get put on orders that it takes away from the office and he is fully supportive. Joe is very professional at what he does, yet he takes time to get to know who you are as a person.  He considers our workplace  a team and a family...  He's a great mentor and appreciates the military and what we do for our communities and country."
The award was presented by LTC (R) Gil Fowler on behalf of the ESGR.
"Since 9-11, more than 1 million citizen solders have protected our nation by serving on active duty... and as of today, we currently still have 42,133 guardsmen and reservists servint this week," said Fowler.  "Today, we gather here again to say thanks for those who have supported and continue to serve our citizen soldiers."
Fowler praised the sacrifices of those who serve in uniform, not only with their service, but the sacrifices they make at home by being away from their families and jobs while on active duty.
"On behalf of a grateful nation and our citizen soldiers, congratulations and thanks for all you do and will continue to do on their behalf," said Folwer in presenting Harper with the award.  "I would be remiss at this time were I not to congratulate and thank all the other employees and family members in the Corps of Engineers because they too handle the load each and every time a solder has to miss work to fulfill his or her military duties. It truly is a team effort..... It is a sacrifice for all involved who help cover for them when they are away from work doing the country's bidding."