WEST MIAMI, Fla. - West Miami City Manager Yolanda Aguilar and Police Chief Carlos Avila were honored by the Department of Defense for Patriotic Support of Reserve and National Guard Service Members.
Aguilar and Avila were presented with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award by Michael Mills, Area Chair, Florida ESGR. Aguilar was nominated by Army Reserve Soldier Pedro Delgado who is a Major with the Police Department. Chief Avila was nominated by Air Force Reservist David Valencia who is a Police Lieutenant with the City of West Miami.
In Valencia’s nomination, he expressed appreciation for Chief Avila’s praise and support for Valencia’s service to our nation. Aguilar was recognized for her strong support, coupled with her continuous praise, and understanding of the City’s reservists during her lengthy tenure as the City Manager.
ESGR’s appreciation goes out to the recipients and nominators as well as Mayor Rhonda A. Rodriguez, Vice Mayor Eric Diaz-Padron and Commissioners Candida Blanca, Juan M. Blanes and Luciano L. Suarez for allowing the presentation to precede the meeting’s agenda.
The Patriot Award was created by the Department of Defense to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the Citizen Warriors before them, have answered the Nation’s call to serve.
ESGR is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the Reserve and National Guard through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. For over 50 years, ESGR has engaged, recognized, and educated employers and we are truly grateful for their support. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.esgr.mil/FL.
Photo: Patriotic Employer Award Recipients Yolanda Aguilar and Carlos Avila – joined by nominator U.S. Army Reservist Pedro Delgado and ESGR’s Mike Mills