All Awards Banquet pictures courtesy of ESGR Volunteer, Anthony Giambrone.
The Pro Patria Award is presented annually by Colorado ESGR to employers in Colorado who have provided the most exceptionalsupport for their employees in the National Guard and Reserve. Employers who are previous recipients of the Above and BeyondAward and have signed an ESGR Statement of Support are eligible to receive the Pro Patria Award. The award is presented toemployers in three categories, Public Sector, Large Private Employer, and Small Private Employer.
TSgt Keli Jones, ANG
Mr. Robert Strain
Ball Aerospace and Technologies
Ball Aerospace and Technologies earned recognition for:
Providing differential pay and continuation of benefits for periods of military service. Ball has received several ESGR Patriot Awards recognizing supervisors of employees in the National Guard and Reserve. The company previouslyearned and Above and Beyond and Pro Patria fromColorado ESGR. Ball Aerospace and TechnologiesVeterans Resource Group supports the military and community projects. Of particular note, Ball aggressively supported an employee whose son was injured in combat,offering the family transportation to be their son’s sideduring the recovery. Employees through their Resource group also raised over $3500 to support the family's needs.
Colorado Springs Utilities
Mr. Bruce McCormick
Chief Petty Officer
Christopher Ortiz, USNR
Colorado Springs Utilities earned recognition for:
Providing differential pay for up five years. Continuing medical,dental, life, short and long
term disability and spending account benefits for deployed service members. Additionally, Colorado Springs Utilities allows the spouse to continue to pay for benefitswhile the other spouse is deployed, avoiding a change in health plans due to military deployment. Establishing direct links withmilitary installations to actively recruit military personnel for certain positions within the company. They regularly speak at local Transition Assistance Program (TAP) briefs, allowing them the opportunity to acquaint themselves with qualified veterans.
Penrose St. Francis Health Systems
CDR Diane Leblanc, USNR, Ms. Margaret Sabin, CaptCandace Garko, USAFR
Penrose St Francis Health Systems earned recognitionfor:
Providing differential pay and continuation of benefits for periods of military service for up to six months. Their con-tinuing care for their employees and their families whileaway on military duties. Employees send care packages,letters and much
needed supplies to their co
workers whoare serving around the globe. The Penrose
St Francis Health Foundation also offers funding assistance to Guard and Reserve members who are experiencing financial diffi-culties. Recognition of their employees in the National Guard and Reserve through articles and newsletters, includ-ing recognition for current and former Guard an Reservenurses who have served.
Infinity Systems Engineering earned recognition for:
Paying differential pay and continuing benefits, including healthcare, dental and disability for employees and their familiesduring absences due to military service. Infinity Systems previ-ously earned the Above and Beyond and Pro Patria Awards fromColorado ESGR. Approximately 80 percent of their employ-ees are Reservists, Guardsmen or prior and retired military,creating an exceptionally supportive environment for military service. They are actively involved in support of a variety of community and military organizations.Of particular note, Infinity Systems Engineering created anannual golf tournament for the Wounded Warrior Project,raising nearly $90,000 for the organization.
Infinity Systems Engineering
Mr. Alan Patterson
2nd Lt. Jesse Diaz, USAFR