Peru State President Hanson Presented Patriot Award
Dr. Dan Hanson, president of Peru State College, was the recipient of a Patriot Award presented March 4 by Walter Zink III, chair of the Nebraska Committee for the Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense. The honor was in recognition of his extraordinary support of an employee who serves in the Nebraska Army National Guard.
Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Meyers of Peru, a member of the Army National Guard 192nd Military Police Detachment unit in Nebraska City, nominated Dr. Hanson and his wife, Elaine, for their support of him and his family.
“To others, this may seem insignificant, but it is my opinion that the world would be a better place if we had more Dr. Dan and Elaine Hansons,” said Meyers. “These two remarkable human beings are always asking me how myself and my family are doing or if there is anything they can do for us due to my upcoming deployment. They aren’t just mouthing the words, but truly mean what they say.” Dr. and Mrs. Hanson also showed their support by attending a town hall meeting for the 192nd Military Police Detachment and expressing their support of the Meyers and all Guardsmen.
“It is our goal to support our employees,” said Dr. Hanson. “Specifically, we’re glad to support his service to the country,” Hansen said of Meyers.
Meyers is among 52 members of the 192nd Military Police Detachment who are to report May 20 for a 12-month mobilization to Iraq. Meyers is a maintenance worker/water operator who has been employed by the college for over eight years.
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. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”
As the 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 will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law, and resolves conflict through mediation