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TACOMA, Wash. – Ryan Babbit, owner of Babbit Construction, and Patrick Armitage, supervisor at Babbit Construction were presented with a Patriot Award recently by Ohad Lowy, south sound area co-chair for the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, in recognition of their support of their employees who serve in the Reserve Components. Babbit and Armitage were nominated by Army Reserve Pfc. James Rasmussen.

“Ryan has always been a big military supporter,” said Rasmussen when explaining why he nominated Babbit.  “He has always had my back when military duty calls for me and another employee in the Guard.”  “Patrick has always stood by my side in support of military service and has been flexible with my military obligations,” Rasmussen further explained on why he nominated Armitage.” He makes me feel honored to serve, and will always check on my family when I am gone, and makes sure they are taken care of.”

“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 Lowy. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.”

“We get the option of using PTO when we have military duty and always have been able to return to work as soon as we get back,” Rasmussen said when describing the support he and others who serve receive.  “Ryan and Patrick have gone out their way and above and beyond to be flexible for our military obligations.”

At the presentation Babbit also signed an ESGR Statement of Support.  The Statement of Support confirms Babbit Construction joins other employers in pledging:

  • We fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families, in peace, in crises and in war.

“Babbit Construction joins a cadre of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal, agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating Babbit Construction is sending a clear message to its employees that while they are serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, 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. This year, ESGR celebrates 50 years of excellence in support of the Reserve Components and their civilian employers.  For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

Photo caption 1: Steve Wilson (center) was recently recognized for his support of Washington Air National Guardsman Ilea Wilson (far left), with the Department of Defense Patriot Award.  The Patriot Award was presented by Nancy Reid Isaak (far right), a volunteer with the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Photo 2: Mount Spokane Insurance CEO Steve Wilson signing an ESGR Statement of Support at the presentation of his ESGR Patriot Award.

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