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Liquor store manager honored for supporting Guard member

Renee Hesse (middle) is shown along with SPC Mackenzie West and Don Nolting, ESGR area representative. (Contributed)

Renee Hesse, manager of Plaza Discount Liquors in Alexandria, was recently honored and presented the Patriot Award by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Hess was nominated for this award by one of her employees, Specialist Mackenzie West, who is also a member of the Army National Guard.

In making the nomination, West noted Hesse’s outstanding support and willingness to work around her time away from work while performing her National Guard duties.

West has completed a 12-month tour of duty in Kuwait and is awaiting orders for a nine-month tour in Afghanistan.