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Heesch honors Dykstra with the Patriot Award

by Target Lodging

Project manager Alex Heesch surprised his supervisor, Steve Dykstra, by nominating him for the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve. Employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve can nominate individual supervisors for the support provided directly to the Service member and his family. Alex says, “The reason I nominated Steve for the award is because I know that Steve is truly a patriot. My time Guard commitments range from several days per month to several weeks per month and Steve has been nothing but supportive. Steve does not question my time away, he does not make it seem like I am shoving my work off onto the rest of the team, and he genuinely takes an interest in what I do with the Guards. He continues my pay while I am gone for training, I don’t need to plan all of my dates out in advance with him, I don’t need to overload him with documents stating when and where I have training, and when I get back; everything is just like I never left. He makes it incredibly easy for me to maintain my fulltime job with Target Lodging, while still being able to serve the National Guard. He has helped create peace of mind in my family as we are able to rest assured that if I get called up for a deployment, my family will be taken care of.”