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DAMAR Worldwide Corporation, which operates a distribution facility in Aurora, has been recognized by the Department of Defense for extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and reserves.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, will present a Patriot Award to William Sterling, DAMAR warehouse manger in Aurora. Sterling will be recognized for DAMAR's extraordinary support of its employees and family members of those that serve in the Missouri National Guard and reserve.

The presentation will be made at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 27 during the employee staff meeting at 805 N. Carnation Rd. in Aurora.

DAMAR was nominated for being highly supportive of its military reserve members by employee Peter Showen, who is in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Showen is a sergeant in A Company of the 935th Aviation Support Battalion in Aurora. Since working at DAMAR in Aurora, Showen has attended many weekend drills and annual training with the complete support and encouragement of his civilian employer.

"The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve," said Brig. Gen. Tracy (Ret.) Beckette, Missouri state chairman of the ESGR.

"Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's National Guard and Reserve units," Beckette added.

A total of 1.3 million members of the National Guard and reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America's borders and beyond. ESGR strives to be a resource for employers of civilian soldiers. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws and resolves conflict between employers and service members.

More information about ESGR is available at www.esgr.mil or by calling Annette Jennings at 573-638-9500, ext. 7730.

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