News Release from: Oregon Dept. of Corrections
Posted: August 29th, 2012 9:55 AM
Oregon State Penitentiary superintendent recognized for supporting military employees
Jeff Premo (center) receives his award from Bob Elliott with ESGR (right) and DOC Westside Institutions Administrator Brian Belleque (left).
The superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP) was recently named a recipient of a patriot award from the Oregon Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Awards are given to employers who support their military employees.
In an informal ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 21, Oregon Committee for ESGR Executive Director Bob Elliott presented OSP Superintendent Jeff Premo with his award. Premo accepted the award in front of the DOC Executive Management Team.
An OSP correctional officer who is an army reserve soldier nominated Premo for the award. The officer noted that Premo and OSP administration support reserve and guard soldiers in a number of ways, including allowing soldiers to take extended vacation prior to deploying in order to prepare their families, working quickly with soldiers when time off or pay issues arise, and allowing staff to organize fund drives that support military causes.
"I am honored to accept this award," said Premo. "But in doing so, I need to recognize a hundred other OSP staff members who work hard to make this happen. Being a former Marine, I am proud to support our armed forces in any way I can. This award by far exceeds any recognition I have received over the last 32 years with the department, and I will proudly display it in the superintendent's office."
OSP is Oregon's oldest correctional institution. It houses approximately 2,000 adults in custody and is the state's only maximum security prison.
The Oregon Committee for ESGR is a Department of Defense organization whose goal is to support employers who share their employees with the National Guard and Army Reserve. Its mission is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the guard and reserve.
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