The Patriotic Employer Award is given to a Direct Supervisor who has been nominated by an employee of a company who has hired a National Guard/Reserve member of the Armed Forces. The active Armed Forces member must nominate the individual for his leadership skills, technical skills in his field and the support given to the individual during his duty. The active Armed Forces member must write a paragraph or two on why this individual is nominated and then this is passed through the state Office of the Secretary of Defense, who then issues the plaque upon approval. This is an honor to receive this award for the support of all our Armed Forces, men and women, but also an unexpected honor to be chosen as a leader for this award. On behalf of Zak-Id Gamarra the award was given to David Boratko,Vice President of Quality Assurance.