Anderson County Sheriff Paul White and Patrol Lieutenant Kenny Sharp were awarded the Patriot Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, at the Anderson County Commission meeting on Monday, July 21, a press release said.
Retired Major General John R. Dâ€™Araujo Jr. and Retired Lieutenant Colonel John L. Dyess presented the awards on behalf of the ESGR, the release said.
White and Sharp were nominated by Sergeant Charles Beach and were recognized for their commitment and support of the employees of the Anderson County Sheriffâ€™s Department who are members of the National Guard or Reserves of the U.S. military. 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 press release said 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.
“Sheriff White, Lieutenant Sharp, and the Sheriffâ€™s Department are proud to support those deputies and other employees who continue to serve their country as members of the Guard and Reserve,” the press release said. “Both Sheriff White and Lieutenant Sharp thank the ESGR and Sergeant Beach for nominating them for this prestigious award.”
For additional information on the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, visit www.esgr.mil.