Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon has been cited as a Patriotic Employer of National Guard and Reservists by the United States Department of Defense.
Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Thomas Reilly – a National Guardsman who currently is serving his second deployment with Bravo Company, 104th Engineer Battalion – nominated Sheriff Gannon for the honor.
Gerard J. Felt, a volunteer with the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR) program, hand-delivered a pin and a plaque to the Sheriff at his office in Morristown on Tuesday.
“I’m very honored and appreciative,” Sheriff Gannon said. “The Morris County Sheriff’s Office employs National Guard and Reservists of the highest character who sacrifice time away from their families and friends to protect the freedoms we cherish.”
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office currently has 12 officers between its Bureaus of Law Enforcement and Corrections actively serving in the National Guard or Reserves, and employs many other military veterans and former Guardsmen and Reservists.
ESGR was established in 1972 as a United States Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and support between employers and employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.
Reserve components of the United States Armed Forces include the Army National Guard, the Army Reserves, the Navy Reserves, the Marine Corps Reserves, the Air National Guard, the Air Force Reserve, and the Coast Guard Reserve.
Detective Reilly characterized Sheriff Gannon in his nomination as a fully supportive leader.
“Sheriff Gannon is very supportive of all military personnel. He never gives us a hard time if we miss work due to our National Guard obligations. He keeps in contact with our families while we are away and is willing to give any needed assistance at any time.”
The plaque names Sheriff Gannon as a Patriotic Employer for “Contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”