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KALISPELL, Mont. – Brandon Jensen a supervisor at Core & Main received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award recently for the extraordinary support he provides his employee Montana Army National Guard Sgt. Sean Mallett.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees who have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Montana ESGR State Chair Brad Livingston. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

“National Guard and Reserve members bring tremendous skills and capabilities to our workforce, and employer support for their military service is critical to maintaining the strength of our Guard and Reserve units,” added Livingston. “By valuing the military service of their Guard and Reserve employees, employers are directly supporting the readiness and retention of our All-Volunteer Force, and our national defense.”

Mallett wrote in his nomination- "Brandon Jensen is the best supervisor and mentor I’ve ever had the pleasure of working under. He has afforded me the benefits our company provides members actively serving in the military. Brandon has never penalized me or taken away anything away for service even though our busy warehouse suffers in my absence. Everyone here shares the burden when I’m called to serve, it is truly a team.”

Mallett’s supervisor was honored to receive the award and expressed his thanks.

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.

For more information about ESGR outreach programs call (800) 336-4590 or visit

Pictured: Brandon Jensen, Core & Main supervisor received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award from his employee Montana Army National Guard Sgt. Sean Mallett. The award was presented in honor of Jensen’s support of Mallett’s military career. Montana ESGR Volunteer Heather Merritt and company mascot Arnold presented the award in late July.

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