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Chatfield Senior Ranger Receives Patriot Award
LITTLETON, Colo – For his outstanding and continuous support of our soldiers serving in the National Guard, Senior Ranger Ben Vinci was presented with the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) organization Feb. 24. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. 2nd Lt. Alyssa Brenner with the Wisconsin Army National Guard and Park Ranger Trainee nominated him and was able to personally present the award.

“Officer Vinci is an exemplary employer and supervisor,” says Brenner. “His support and flexibility in my scheduling allowed me to be a better employee as a Ranger and a better Soldier during training (3 ½ weeks in June). Without the added stress of worrying about work and asking for time off for drills, I was able to focus on my military training while I was there, and feel comfortable at my civilian job knowing I had the support of my supervisor. Officer Vinci’s actions went above and beyond in his support of my service and genuinely enabled me to be a better Park Ranger and a better Soldier because of the support, flexibility and understanding that he showed me.”

Senior Ranger Vinci said that he was honored and humbled by the award. "It was truly an honor to receive this award, and I feel fortunate to be in a position where I am able to support our men and women in the Armed Forces. My only concern is that 2LT Brenner's experience was a unique one. I believe it is the duty of every citizen to support the men and women who make such deep sacrifices in their service to this great nation, and it was indeed an honor to be recognized. Thank you."

“Staff at Chatfield State Park couldn’t be more proud of Ben,” said Assistant Park Manager Kris Wahlers said. “It’s easy to say that we support employees having a good work-life balance, but making a real sacrifice to ensure it happens proves that it’s more than a catch phrase for him.”

ESGR, a Dept. of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.