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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Army National Guard Sgt. Nathan J. Herdegen is presenting the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award to his employment supervisor, General Manager Erik Coleman, TGK Automotive of Eden Prairie.

The award was presented March 23 at TGK Automotive in recognition of Coleman’s support of his employee's service to the Minnesota National Guard. Herdegen was very appreciative of his employer’s support and assistance with his service. Nathan was on active duty for more than 9 months with Guard deployments and wanted to honor Coleman who provided great flexibility with all the of the changes necessary for Nathan to perform his military duties while working for TGK Automotive.

Also present was Tom Haugo, Minnesota Committee member.

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

Photo left to right: Phil Benner, Nathan Herdegen, Erik Coleman, general manager TGK Automotive, and Tom Haugo, Minnesota ESGR Committee member.
Photo courtesy of Julie Larson.

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