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Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

  • Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

DICKINSON, N.D. – North Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, announced Erika Bauer, supervisor of Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of her employee, Spc. Kendra Erdely, Headquarters and Headquarters Company 164th Engineer Battalion, North Dakota National Guard.

“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 Richard Brauhn, Dickinson ESGR Committee Chair. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintain the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

Erdely’s nomination reads: “Erika Bauer has ensured that I will not be penalized for any of my National Guard duties even when it requires me to be away from work. When I joined the Military Funeral honors, my company allows me to leave for an undetermined amount of hours during the day to support funerals. I am then allowed to stay late or work from home to accomplish my work at a later time. In the past year, I was accepted for a promotion in my company regardless if I were to deploy in the future. They would save my position and delegate my responsibilities to a team until I return.”

“Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing produces electrical cabling for aircraft and has several contracts for military aircraft. They employ veterans and have two active Army Guardsmen. They are a very military friendly company” states Brauhn.

On behalf of Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, Erika Bauer participated in the ceremony by affirming their military support signing an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Statement of Support.

ESGR, a Department of Defense 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 of the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for the National Guard and Reserve 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 with DoD. Paramount to ESGR’s mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective, and proven leadership to the workforce.

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Photo from left to right: Patriot Award recipient Erika Bauer, Dickinson ESGR Committee Chair Richard Brauhn, nominator Kendra Erdely