Haysville USD 261’s Gina Keirns, Tri-City Day School Administrator, was recently honored with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee Patriot Award.
An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for support provided directly to the nominating Service member and his or her family. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Senior Airman Darren K. LaKous, Tri-City Behavior Technician, submitted the following about Keirns in his nomination.
“Mrs. Keirns has shown a great deal of understanding and support for my Air National Guard duties. She is always willing to allow me to take time off to fulfill my obligations. While I am away, my regular pay and benefits remain unchanged, and I am always made to feel welcome when I return to work from periods of active duty.”
Caption: Haysville USD 261’s Gina Keirns (center), Tri-City Day School Administrator, was presented the Patriot Award by Lt. Colonel Rick Young, 134 Air Control Squadron Commander, and Rebecca Richardson, Administrative Support Technician, Kansas Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee. (USD 261 Photo)