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Philip Gill Receives Patriot Award
story and photo by Ann Boucher, Montana State Office
Retired Army Col. Mike Rubich, BLM Fire Management Officer Phil Gill, retired Army Gen. Allen Leppink, and retired Army Col. James Mariska. The retired officers presented the Patriot Award to Gill on behalf of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Fire Management Officer Philip Gill received the Patriot Award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve during an all-employee meeting at the Montana State Office on April 30.
The award recognizes employers who are supportive of their employees who serve in National Guard and Reserve units. Gill was nominated by Gary Boyd, assistant GACC manager at the aerial fire depot in Missoula, and member of the Air Force Reserve.
Members of the National Guard and Reserve take time off from their regular jobs to fulfill military obligations. “Without employer support, it would be pretty hard to participate,” said Boyd, who travels to McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, Wash. His job in the Reserve is superintendent of the Air Terminal Operations Center/Load Planning and Passenger Services for the 86th Aerial Port Squadron. They provide operational control for the loading of military and civilian contract aircraft with cargo and passengers that arrive and depart McChord Air Force Base.
According to the ESGR website (http://www.esgr.org/), our nation’s National Guard members and Reserve forces from all branches of the military comprise almost half of our total military manpower, so the support of civilian employers plays a critical role in the defense of the nation.