The Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, honored Linetec paint operations manager Paul Bratz with a Patriot Award. According to a release from Linetec, Bratz was nominated by Sgt. Bradley Pochinski, who serves in the Wisconsin Army National Guard, assigned to the A Company 1-128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd lnfantry Brigade Combat Team, based in Menominee, Wis.

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Linetec paint operations manager Paul Bratz receives a Patriot Award.

The award was presented April 22 by John Rhyner, area chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for ESGR to Bratz at Linetec’s facility in Wausau, Wis.

“Paul Bratz and Linetec have provided outstanding support and cooperation, and have exhibited a patriotic spirit recognized with this award,” says Mike Williams, chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for ESGR. “The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but also demonstrate superior support to military employees and their families. The National Guard and Reserve forces are the cornerstone of our national defense. They perform an increasing number of unique missions that require extraordinary actions on the part of everyday citizens.”

“It is a true honor to be nominated by Bradley,” says Bratz. “We are so proud of him and grateful for the many who serve our nation through their military service.”

The U.S. National Guard and Reserve currently includes 1.3 million members. As of March 2015, the number of Guard and Reserve component personnel on active duty totaled 23,871.