Two Gardner Denver employees are among the latest recipients of the Department of Defense’s Patriot Award. Assembly Supervisor Doug Bowdler and Buyer-Planner Stan Alpe received the award from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Reserve Sergeant and Gardner Denver employee Brian Pool nominated both Bowdler and Alpe for the recognition. The Patriot Award is awarded to individual supervisors for their support of the nominating Service member. Support includes a wide range of measures such as flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absences if needed.
“I wanted to thank them and recognize them for their efforts,” says Pool. “When I left on assignment, it made it a lot easier and less stressful to know that I not only had my job waiting for me when I returned, but I also had the full support of my employer.”
“I was surprised to receive the award,” says Bowdler. “We take care of them. They take care of us. They have a lot more to worry about than coming back to a job. It really is not about me. It’s about Brian and our troops.”
“It’s an honor and privilege,” says Alpe. “We try to do everything we can for our servicemen and women. Brian’s small requests that we were able to accommodate are nothing compared to what the military personnel do for us. We believe in supporting the military 100%.”
Pool started working for Gardner Denver in 2010 shortly after he left Army active duty. Two years later, he decided he wanted to enroll in the Reserves and approached his current supervisor Bowdler about his decision.
“He said go for it. Do want you want to do and we’ll figure it out,” says Pool.
“I told him, ‘let me know how I can help because you’re not going to be able to do this by yourself,’” says Bowdler.
“Any day that I needed off work at a specific time or off work completely, he had no issues with it,” says Pool. “When I changed supervisors to Stan Alpe, he continued that support.”
Throughout the past two years, Pool needed to attend military school and training. He was eventually deployed with the 362nd Psychological Operations Company in support of Operation Enduring Freedom at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. Pool says while he was deployed, other military personnel complained about issues with their employers, but he never had to worry. He knew Gardner Denver was supporting his military decisions which made his job in Africa much easier and gave him peace of mind.
“We know it is a sacrifice for them,” says Alpe. “We try to make their sacrifices as easy as possible. Gardner Denver supports the military the best we can and anyway we can.”
The Patriot Award is the first in a series of awards aimed at recognizing employers. To find out more about ESGR, please visit www.esgr.mil.