Ryan Riffel was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard and Reserve service by helping a family of a deployed Reserve Component member.

Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DOD) office, announced that Ryan Riffel, Manager, was honored on 29 Ocober 2018 with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of their employee while their spouse was away serving in the National Guard. 

“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, has answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Lee J. Metcalf, Rear Admiral, USN (retired) and the ESGR state chair. Ryan Riffel was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard and Reserve service by helping a family of a deployed Reserve Component member. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. 

Sara Myers, married to Maj John Myers with an the 35th Infantry Division based in Missouri says; “Mr. Riffel has played a major role in the readiness and overall effectiveness of the United States service members and our families for the year while my husband was deployed.”

DICK’S Sporting Goods is located in Osage Beach.

ESGR, a DOD office, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DOD. Paramount to ESGR's mission is encouraging employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring integrity, global perspective and proven leadership to the civilian workforce.  

For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call 1-800-336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.