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On January 18, 2012, Denver District Attorney MitchMorrissey was awarded with Patriotic Employer Award by the Employer Support of the Guard andReserve as a result of being nominated byLieutenant Commander Christopher C. Dopke,USNR. Lt Cmdr. Dopke who was deployed to Iraqfrom May 2009 to March 2010 wrote in his nomina-tion of the Patriot Award to Mr. Morrissey, “TheDenver DA's office has been outstanding! Inaddition to being exceedingly supportive of myReserve obligations, including a year deployment toIraq
they have made it easier to remain in touchwith the office through remote email access andputting continuing education classes online for remote completion. While benefits and pay are notgiven, that is only due to city policy and not officepolicy. Please extend them your highest award.”
The Patriot Award is given to supervisors inrecognition of their extraordinary support of theemployees who serve in the Colorado NationalGuard and Reserve
and only upon nomination bythe employee in Guard/Reserve or by the spouseof the employee.
Dick Young, Colorado State ESGR Chairman, ShirleyMartinez, Senior EEO Specialist, Mark Hustedt, ColoradoSprings Area Chairman for Employer Outreach, ChristyOrtiz, Spouse of Deployed Service Member, Christopher Ortiz, Utility Service Specialist Senior (deployedemployee), Mary Miller, Colorado Springs Area Chairmanfor Employer Outreach, and Jerry Forte Colorado SpringsUtilities CEO.
On January 5th, Colorado Springs UtilityCompany employees gave a surprisewelcome back party for Navy Chief ChrisOrtiz, on this return from Iraq after a year’sdeployment. Approximately 70 employees of the company welcomed him home, withballoons, food, hugs, and many welcomehome signs. The company’s president, Mr.Jerry Forte, personally thanked Chris Ortizand particularly his wife, Christie, for thesignificant role she played in keeping thehome fires burning during his longdeployment. Colonel USAF (Ret) MarkHustedt spoke on behalf of ESGR, and alongwith Colonel USA (Ret) Mary Miller, theythanked the many company employees for their strong support for our Guard andReserve members, as well the ColoradoSprings Utilities for their above and beyondsupport for their Guard and Reserveemployees. The company employs 1800personnel, of which about 100 are Guard andReserve members.
r; Adam Smith, ESGR, Chris Dopke, MitchMorrissey.
r; Chris Dopke, Mitch Morrissey. AdamSmith, ESGR