Putnamville Correctional Facility receives military support awards

Thursday, June 30, 2011
ESGR Executive Director Ronald Young, ESGR State Chair Ronald Peterman, John Steckler, Tim Phegley and Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger.

PUTNAMVILLLE -- The Putnamville Correctional Facility was the recipient of the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award and the Above and Beyond Award during the Employer Support of the Guard Reserves (ESGR) annual awards banquet.

PCF was bestowed the awards recently in recognition of outstanding service and continuing support of military employees.

Hosted by the ESGR Indiana Committee, the awards banquet featured keynote speaker ESGR Executive Director Ron Young.

ESGR Executive Director Ronald Young, ESGR State Chair Ronald Peterman, Kathy Goss and Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger.

Young, the principal staff adviser to the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs on matters involving employer support of the National Guard and Reserves, gave an inspirational speech and commended employers like the PCF for their support of military men and women.

Following the keynote address, the facility was presented with the awards.

"It's an honor to be recognized for our support of military employees and a privilege to have the opportunity to serve those who provide a service to our country," Putnamville Supt. Stanley Knight said.

The Secretary of Defense Freedom Award is the highest recognition awarded to an employer for support of military employees in areas such as benefits and leave policies, deployed member support, and hiring practices.

The Above and Beyond Award is awarded in recognition of support above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Acts.

Assistant Supt. Tim Phegley, Correctional Capt. John Steckler and human resource generalist Kathy Goss accepted the awards on behalf of the facility.

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