Dec. 15, 2010
Jake Greenland, the senior project manager on Layton Construction's USTAR project on the University of Utah campus, was recognized on Dec. 15, 2010 with a Patriot Award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Jake was nominated by Caleb Sharp, a field engineer on the USTAR project who is also a 2nd lieutenant with the HHC, 204th Mobile Enhancement Brigade. Sharp was recently commissioned as an engineer officer and has been in the Army for nine years. He was mobilized in 2003 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Patriot Award recognizes employers who give soldiers the opportunity to juggle two careers--military service as well as a full-time job--by practicing leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve. The military's reserve component has been deploying regularly since 2001 to serve alongside active duty troops.
"Jake is very willing to allow me time off to go and perform my military duties even if I am called the same day," Sharp said in his narrative submitting Jake for the award. "He is very supportive of my choices to better my military career and willing to help me in any way that is needed to accomplish my military goals."
The award was presented by retired Army Col. Kim Watts, the executive director of the ESGR Utah Committee.
"This is a way for our soldiers to say 'thanks for letting me be a soldier'," Watts said about the award. "For you guys to willingly support these guys...is really important. Thanks for what you do."
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