DynCorp International director of Security Operations, Timothy Bartels, was recently honored with a Service Member Patriot award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Bartels was nominated by colleague Trenton Dugan, DynCorp International Security administrator.
“Tim has been an amazing manager to work for, straight forward in communications and actions. Immediately upon my return in July from one year of military duty, I knew that DI needed to be recognized. This award is designated specifically to a supervisor even though it has been the company as a whole that has supported me,” commented Dugan. “From the moment that I returned from duty, Tim has supported my actions and looked to see how my experiences with the military could benefit the company as a whole.”
“Multiple times I have been placed on orders lasting anywhere from a week to a year. Each time DI has always offered to help in any way they can, even providing me with the resources to work for short periods of time remotely. After being with the company for almost three years it’s great to have the support that is often not found by many other employers,” continued Dugan.
Service Member Patriot Award
An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Patriot Awards are awarded to individual supervisors, not to an entire staff or organization as a whole. An individual may nominate as many supervisors as they would like, and each will receive a Patriot Award certificate and accompanying lapel pin.
To recognize employers who support their Guard and Reserve employees, ESGR grants a series of Department of Defense (DoD) awards:
- Patriot Award
- Spouse Patriot Award
- Seven Seals Award
- Above and Beyond Award
- Pro Patria Award
- Extraordinary Employer Support Award
- Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
Many of these awards are progressive in nature, with each building upon the previous. For example, an employer must have had at least one supervisor or other representative honored with a Patriot Award and must have signed a Statement of Support to be eligible for consideration for the Above and Beyond Award.
Recognizing supportive employers is vital to ESGR’s mission. ESGR’s 54 State Committees actively promote awards as a key element in furthering employer support, while strengthening relationships between service members and employers. DoD awards honor the sacrifices made by so many employers year after year.