|John Rombough, Black Hills State University assistant facilities services director, was recently presented the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. He was nominated for the award by Jesse Komes, a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard and BHSU grounds keeper.
John Rombough, Black Hills State University assistant facilities services director, was recently honored by the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with the Patriot Award, a recognition of his contribution to national security through his support for military employees.
Jesse Komes, a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard and Reserve Force and a BHSU grounds keeper, nominated Rombough for the honor. Komes is part of the 1742 Company in Sioux Falls.
A former guardsman, Rombough said he knows the time and dedication required to be in the National Guard. Komes said Rombough provides him with a flexible schedule allowing him to attend his monthly weekend drills in Sioux Falls as well as the yearly two-week summer drill.
“It’s nice to have a boss that understands,” Komes said.
The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support Citizen Warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.
ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that seeks to promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees. They recognize outstanding support, promote increased awareness of the law and resolve conflicts through mediation.