Frick, GaDOE Communications Office, 404-463-4246, firstname.lastname@example.org
22, 2018 – State
School Superintendent Richard Woods was one of just thirteen Georgia employers
to receive the Patriotic Employer Award from Employer Support of the Guard and
Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office.
was nominated by Commander Justin Hill, who works at the Georgia Department of
Education as State Coordinator for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and
Supports (PBIS) program.
Woods has taken the time to both privately and publicly thank me for my service
to this country,” Hill said. “He has written personal notes of thanks and even
attended my most recent promotion ceremony to the rank of Commander (O5) in
October 2017. At this ceremony, Mr. Woods stated his support to me, my family
and to those in attendance. His support has caused a positive ripple effect
throughout the entire agency. My family has never felt so supported and appreciated.
It is a pleasure and honor to support a supervisor that holds my service and
sacrifice in such high regard.”
McKennie, Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, was keynote speaker at an event
recognizing the award recipients.
employers who support your military employees, you have taken away that one
stressor that could cause a military member to decide whether they are going to
continue to serve, or if they are going to leave,” he said. “That is of utmost
importance to us, as staff members of the military. Thank you for what you do.
Thank you for encourage our soldiers and their families. Without that
relationship, we would be in a constant rotation of having members join and
leave [military service] repeatedly.”
grew up in a military family and, knowing some of the difficulties our service
members face, I’ve tried to make the Department of Education a friendly,
supportive place for them to work. I’m humbled and honored to receive this
award – and to be nominated by an employee who’s both a stellar member of our
team and someone who has served his country with distinction.”