By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution
Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) Warden Jerome Price was recently recognized with the Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense agency.
Warden Price was nominated for his flexibility regarding DVI Lt. Sean Parsons, who also serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves.
“During my career with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) for the last 14 years, I have served in the United States Navy (USN) as a reserve member of Naval Special Warfare,” Lt. Parsons said. “I have been deployed on several occasions and at times leaving within days of mission notification. These deployments have included the Middle East, North Africa and South America.
“Additionally, I have deployed with Commander Naval Forces Korea. This service required that I be away from my family and the CDCR for several weeks to months each year as a subject matter expert on Republic of Korea/Democratic People’s Republic of Korean Relations and Korean War Fighting Doctrine. Deployment and annual training has been a challenge for the DVI assignment Sergeants and Lieutenants as well as the personnel department. However, even with the challenges faced serving in the USN, it has been a very positive experience and I wanted to thank the support Warden Price and the entire DVI family has given me over the years.”
The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. The awards are presented to individuals and supervisors, not to an entire staff or organization.
ESGR’s goal is to support American’s employers who share their most valuable resource, their employees, with our great Nation thereby ensuring our national security.
Warden Price signed a Statement of Support publicly affirming CDCR Deuel Vocational Institution support for the brave men and women employed by DVI who also serve their country.
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The DVI “Statement of Support For the Guard And Reserve” was registered with the Department of Defense’s National ESGR website at https://www.esgr.mil/
Lt. Parsons presented the Patriot Award to Warden Price. In attendance were fellow CDCR employees, reservists and military veteran CDCR employees as well as DVI’s Honor Guard.
“I humbly accept this award on behalf of DVI and CDCR,” said Warden Price. “Giving our support is only a small token of our appreciation for the wonderful men, women, reservists and veterans of the armed forces committed to protecting our freedoms and liberties. I’m extremely proud of the many employees who have dedicated themselves to their chosen military and CDCR careers.”
What is ESGR?
ESGR a Department of Defense office, established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,600 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states. ESGR has served our country for more than 40 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families.