KMCI honored for support of Reservist


Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution was honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve. Shown here are (left to right) former KMCI Warden Brian Foster, KMCI employee and U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Major Mike Huck and current KMCI Warden Bob Humphreys. — Submitted photo Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution was honored by Department of Defense for extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve. Shown here are (left to right) former KMCI Warden Brian Foster, KMCI employee and U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Major Mike Huck and current KMCI Warden Bob Humphreys. — Submitted photo Mike Williams, chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, has announced that Brian Foster, warden of Green Bay Correctional Institution, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of one of their employees – Sgt. Major Mike Huck - who serves in the U.S. Army Reserve.

The presentation took take place at Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution last month and honors Warden Foster while he was warden at Kettle Moraine facility.

Current Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution Warden Bob Humphreys signed an ESGR Statement of Support letter at the ceremony.

According to Mike Williams, “Warden Brian Foster was nominated for this prestigious national award by their employee Mike Huck who is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but demonstrate superior support to the military employee and his/her family. The National Guard and Reserve Forces are the cornerstone of our national defense. Warden Brian Foster has provided outstanding support and cooperation and has exhibited a patriotic spirit which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award.”

“I’m very honored to have received this award. It’s pretty special and unexpected,” said Foster. “I didn’t do the things that we do to get an award; it was to support our staff. I make sure they are getting everything they need when they need it and talk to them before they leave, when they get back and during their deployment.”

“The ESGR award is very special from a warden’s perspective because it really demonstrates that the Department of Corrections is committed to veterans,” said Bob Humphreys.

KMCI has done numerous things over the years to honor veterans, including:

• Installing an engraved stone monument near the flagpole and planted a tree near the flagpole in 2010. The engraving on the stone referenced veterans.

• Purchased large plaques for each of the branches of the armed forces to be displayed near the flagpole and stone monument in 2011.

• Installed a 20-foot flagpole in 2012 near the original flagpole designated to fly two flags, one representing all branches of the armed forces and the other a POW flag.

• Installed a very large handmade wooden plaque in the shape of the state of Wisconsin in 2012. The plaque included an engraved dedication to veterans and included nameplates for veterans, past and present that were employed at KMCI.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens, ESGR will continue to be the informational agency for the employers of citizen warriors. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil, or by calling Chris Campbell of the Wisconsin ESGR Committee, at 608-242-3169

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defence agency established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service by recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of the law, and resolving conflicts through informal mediation. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.


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