Force America in Alexandria honored for supporting National Guard member

The award was given to Hayden Hanson in support of Slavik Laumeyer’s service to the Minnesota Army National Guard.

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Shown, left to right, are Doug Broich, Hayden Hanson and Specialist Slavik Laumeyer.
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ALEXANDRIA — Specialist Slavik Laumeyer of the Minnesota Army National Guard presented the Support of the Guards and Reserve Patriot Award to his supervisor, Hayden Hanson of Force America, a valve manufacturing division in Alexandria.

The award was given to Hanson in support of Laumeyer’s service to the Minnesota Army National Guard. Laumeyer said that Hanson has been his mentor and a friend for some time. He said Hanson understands his duty to serve and the National Guard has to come first before his full-time job when orders for state active duty come up. There were also 15 other employees who attended the presentation. Also present was Doug Broich, who is the ESGR Region 3 chair.

ESGR is a Department of Defense office that develops and promotes supportive work environments for service members in the National Guard and Reserve through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws. ESGR also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between Service members and their employers.

This year, ESGR celebrates 50 years of excellence in support of the reserve components and their civilian employers. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit .

In addition to presenting the Patriot Award, John Rick, General Manager of Force America signed an Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Statement of Support, confirming that the Force America joins other employers in pledging they fully recognize, honor and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).

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