TOOELE ARMY DEPOT, TOOELE, UT - A supervisor from the Directorate of Ammunition Equipment and Manufacturing, Tooele Army Depot (TEAD), Tooele, Utah, confirmed the organization's support for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve on June 20, 2012 by receiving an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Award. The ceremony took place at the TEAD's Pilot Model Shop where James McMain, honored supervisor, was presented with the 'Patriot' Award. Terry Christensen, Utah's ESGR Region Representative presented McMain this award in conjunction with the depot commander, Colonel Christopher Mohan.

"I appreciate the opportunity to come out to Tooele and recognize the organization for all the support given to both the National Guard and Reserves," stated Christensen during the ceremony. "TEAD has been in the Tooele Valley for a long time and the employees here continue to be dedicated to the Soldiers." Christensen expressed his appreciation to all the TEAD employees for their hard work.

McMain was strongly recommended by Kyle Cox, Machinery Repairman, who is also a Chief Petty Officer in the Naval Reserves. "Jim has been very understanding about my duties as a reservist. Last year, while I was working the weekend shift, he was flexible in letting me adjust my work schedule to accommodate my Reserve weekends. He has been supportive of me attending my scheduled training and has adjusted my workload to accommodate the time I had to be away from work," stated Cox. "Jim has recognized the skills and training that I received from the Reserves and this has allowed me to become a better employee for the depot."

The Patriot Award is the first of the sequential and progressive employer awards in the program. It is intended specifically for the recognition of individual supervisors or the employing organization as a whole. Awardees receive a framed Patriot Award, and then are eligible for further recognition at the State and National levels.