On Sept. 13, Pulaski County Sheriff J.B. King was honored by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), with a Patriot Award for his extraordinary support of the Missouri National Guard.

At the ceremony, which took place at the Pulaski County Museum in Waynesville, Sheriff King was recognized for his past support of Kimbly, J. Elrod, a reservist who worked with him at the Waynesvile site.

The presentation was conducted by Cheryl Wilkinson, ARRNG, Retired, who is the Area 03 Chair, Missouri Committee, ESGR program for southwest Missouri. Another volunteer of the ESGR program SFC Dillian Smith assisted with the presentation ceremony.

“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve.” said Brigadier General (Ret.) Tracy Beckette, Missouri ESGR State Chair. “Sheriff J. B. King was nominated for being highly supportive of the (National Guard or Reserve Service) by his Reserve Component employee. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.”