“We are pleased to be recognized by the ESGR with the Pro Patria Award and proud to employ members of the Guard and Reserve,” said Darryl Wilkerson, Meta Special Aerospace President. “CAT’s strength is in its employees, especially those who are current and former military members. Their talents support our mission-focused integrations and manned airborne ISR programs for customers around the globe.”
On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, the Oklahoma ESGR committee presents the Pro Patria Award as the highest recognition given by the U.S. Government to employers for their support of their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. Almost one-half of the U.S. military is comprised of the Guard and Reserve. The Department of Defense shares these citizen warriors with their civilian employers, many of whom provide significant support to their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
ESGR’s Pro Patria Award is presented annual by each State Committee to one small, one large, and one public sector employer in their state or territory. Recipients have demonstrated the greatest support of Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.