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MOUNDS VIEW, Minn. – Three senior managers at Medtronic, the largest medical device company in the world, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriotic Employer Award recently in a virtual presentation. 

Pat Joyce, Vice President, Chief Security Officer; Nancy Brainerd, Senior Director, Cybersecurity and Deputy Chief Security Officer; and Nate Myrold, Director, Security Governance, Risk, and Compliance were nominated by Maj. Brian Morgan, Industrial Information Security Program Manager, who serves in the Minnesota Army National Guard and recent commander of the 177th Cyber Protection Team in the Minnesota Army National Guard.

ESGR Minnesota volunteer Christie Nixon presented the award.  Also in attendance at this virtual presentation were Sean Lennon, Vice President, Chief Information Officer; Scott Ostrander, Director, Security Engineering; and Janet Fenner, Executive Assistant to the Global Security Office leadership team.

In an unusually clear demonstration of employer support of a Reserve component employee, Medtronic actually hired Brian in 2018 when he was on orders for a lengthy preparation and deployment to Operation Spartan Shield in Kuwait; knowing he would not be available to work for over a year.  Shortly after that deployment, Maj. Morgan, in the high-demand Cyber Operations field, was mobilized to lead the 177th CPT for a Task Force Echo rotation in support of US Cyber Command at Fort Meade, MD.  Medtronic’s military friendly policies and the military friendly procedures of the Global Security Office ensured he did not lose out financially or otherwise while serving our country.  

Though the four years of support have been important to Brian, it was during the short periods between mobilizations and since he has returned from the latest that the actions of these leaders was most valuable.  He recognized these three supervisors, and more recently Scott Ostrander, for the way they introduced him to the company, challenged him to find technical ways to find and add value, and for the access and advice they’ve given him as he continues to integrate into the company.  

The Global Security Office at Medtronic has recognized the value of the experience and training that military experience can bring to an employee and intends to take advantage of the additional technical and leadership skills that Brian Morgan has developed during his military career.  Scott Ostrander promised that they intended to “stretch those leadership skills” and Nate Myrold summed up the company’s approach very clearly: “Great talent is a long-term investment.”  

ESGR is a Department of Defense program which 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 in the United States.  For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

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