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NRCS Employee Is Honored with the Patriot Award

Left to right, retired Maj. Gen. Daniel F. Hitchcock, Patriot Award recipient Lisa Rice, and 1st Lt. Lorrie Lanham, NRCS Business Management Leaders Program (BMLP) trainee.

Left to right, retired Maj. Gen. Daniel F. Hitchcock, Patriot Award recipient Lisa Rice, and 1st Lt. Lorrie Lanham, NRCS Business Management Leaders Program (BMLP) trainee.

Lisa Rice, an employee of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), was recently honored with the Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The ESGR is the Defense Department agency promoting cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and their National Guard and Reserve employees.

The Patriot Award honors supervisors for their exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees by presenting them with a public acknowledgement of their support, a framed certificate of appreciation and a lapel pin. Nominations must come from a National Guard and Reserve member or a family member.

Lisa is my supervisor in NRCSBusiness Management Leaders Program (BMLP) West Region Class. I nominated her for this award because she consistently goes above and beyond the normal duties of a supervisor to ensure I am taken care of.

Lisa is the direct Supervisor of 39 BMLP participants. The BMLP program rotates participants every three months to a new location in the U.S. With all of that going on, Lisa finds the time to ensure that my military training schedule is accommodated. While I was on military assignment, she maintained contact with me and made sure I was doing all right. When there was a problem with may pay due to my military leave, she swiftly took care of the issue and ensured I received back pay. The amazing part is that she does it all with grace.

I know from my experience at NRCS, in management operations, and as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves how important good leadership is. Lisa is a prime example of how to lead, motivate and inspire a group of employees. I consider myself lucky to be in this leadership program, and privileged to have Lisa as my boss and my mentor.

The Patriot Award is more than just a certificate and a lapel pin. They are symbols of Lisa’s unwavering commitment to her military employees. The Patriot Award shows that Lisa goes that extra step above and beyond the written policy to ensure that her employees are taken care of, whether they are fulfilling duties under her at NRCS or conducting missions with the U.S. Army Reserves.

The award ceremony took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Portland, Oregon on August 2, 2011, in front of an audience of about 50. The award was presented to Lisa by retired Major General Dan Hitchcock, and Lisa’s supervisor, Kay Joy Barge, was there to show her support of Lisa’s amazing efforts.

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3 Responses to “NRCS Employee Is Honored with the Patriot Award”

  1. Kay Joy Barge says:

    It is wonderful to have people of Lisa’s caliber working for USDA/NRCS. The BMLP Team is very proud of you.

  2. Lisa M. Morris says:

    I come from a long line of military family members from my sibling brothers to both of my Fathers, Grandfathers, my husband and myself as a military spouse of 20 years. When I say “we” I mean just that; “We” as a historical military family are very happy that you’ve received this honor! It means a lot to veterans to know there are civilian employees working for our U.S. government who really do care. On behalf of all U.S. Military Active Duty Service Members, Reservists, Veterans and Retirees, I would like to extend my deepest congratulations On receiving the Patriot’s Award! Thank You for all that you do! We are super proud of you, Lisa M. Rice!!

  3. Michael Bacon says:

    As a Veteran and a member of the BMLP, I would like to congradulate you on a job well done!!!

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