LAROSE – The Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, recently honored Danos with the Pro Patria Award in recognition of the company’s extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Louisiana National Guard and Reserve.
The annual Pro Patria Award is the highest honor bestowed by a state ESGR committee to a civilian employer. According to Louisiana ESGR Vice Chair Larry Jones, the committee selected Danos to receive the Pro Patria Award because of the company’s leadership practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserves.
Each year, guard and reserve employees, have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the Freedom Award. Danos was a semi-finalist on a national level and one of only three employers recognized from Louisiana.
“I am so proud to receive this award on behalf of Danos,” said Hank Danos, president. “What makes this award so special is that we were nominated by one of our employees – Doug Kunkle, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. I have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve in the armed forces, and Danos is honored to have veterans and reservists as part of our team.”
In addition to the Pro Patria Award, Danos has also received the Department of Defense’s Above and Beyond Award, Seven Seals Award, and was a finalist for the national Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve. In 2013, two Danos employees – Reed Pere, production services division manager, and Eric Danos, executive vice president –received the ESGR’s Patriot Award.