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Butler Chief of Police Receives Patriot Award

Published: Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

Jason Kenney Honored for Supporting National Guard Duty

Jason Kenney, Butler Community College Chief of Police, received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) on April 10.

Kenney won the award due to his support of citizen warriors through multiple measures including offering flexible schedules, granting time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and allowing leaves of absence if needed.

“As a retired member of the Kansas Air National Guard, I know first-hand the support ESGR gives to both the Military member and the private sector employer,” said Kenney.

Dan Gorman, Butler officer, nominated Kenney for the award. Gorman has served Butler for 12 years and has been a member of the Kansas Army National Guard for more than 25 years.

“Officer Gorman’s military experience is valuable as an officer because of the professionalism instilled by the Army,” said Kenney.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department 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. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 3,750 volunteers in 54 communities located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, Service members, and their families.