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County Receives Patriot Award

(Woodbury, NJ) - Gloucester County has been named a recipient of the 'Patriot Award' from the US Department of Defense's New Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. 

Gloucester County was nominated for the Patriot Awards by County Corrections Sergeant James Thomas Adam of Woodbury who serves as a Sergeant Major in the Select Marine Corps Reserve. 

Sergeant Adams said, "I been an employee of Gloucester County since 1986 and throughout my career the Freeholders have always supported my military service without any hesitation.  My fellow military reservists and I truly appreciate that support so I felt it was fitting to nominate the County for this award."

"I was extremely honored when I found out one of our employees nominated the County for the Patriot Award.  Gloucester County supports our employees who are members of the organized reserves and we make sure that they do not lose any pay or earned time while they are called to serve," stated Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.

Gloucester County employs 24 active military and reservists. 

Sweeney said, "Our National Guard and Reserve Force are men and women who are willing to assist their neighbors during emergencies, and to protect the nation whenever they are called. We have a great deal of respect for our employees who serve and we are grateful to them."

"As an employer, we believe that the policies we enact that protect the rights of our active members of the Guard and Reserve are important to them, and we are very proud that they agree," Sweeney concluded.

The County's Award was presented at a luncheon on May 13, 2010 at the 177th Fighter Wing in Atlantic City, NJ.  Freeholder Jean DuBois and Sheriff Carmel Morina attended to accept the Patriot Award on behalf of Director Sweeney and Gloucester County.