Seattle, WA – The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today that Donna Kludsikofsky from CenturyLink was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of her extraordinary support of her employees who serve in the Washington State National Guard and Reserve.

According to John Glynn, ESGR WA State Employer Outreach Director, “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support, leadership and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. Donna was nominated for being highly supportive of the Guard and Reserve Service by her employee, Robert K. Etteldorf, Major in the U.S. Army Reserves.  Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”

(L to R) John Glynn (ESGR), Donna Kludsikofsky and Robert Etteldorf (USAR)

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.  More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at, or by calling (877) 306-1971.