Police Chief and Officer Honored by Department of Defense

Chief Gary D. Hobbs and Officer Jeremy Burton Honored by Department of Defense for
Extraordinary Support of Employees who Serve in the Louisiana Army
National Guard and Reserve


Shreveport, LA—Jim Hill Area Chair for Northwest Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that on July 16, 2014, Chief Gary D. Hobbs and Officer Jeremy Burton with Mansfield Police Department were honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Louisiana National Guard and Reserve. 

According to Jim Hill, ESGR Northwest Louisiana Area Chair 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.  Chief Gary D. Hobbs and Officer Burton were nominated for being highly supportive of SGT Ri’chard R. Duncan of the United States Army Reserve National Guard 1087th Transportation company, his Reserve Component employee.  Supportive supervisors are critical to maintain the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America's borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors.  ESGR recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law, and resolves conflict through mediation.