MANILA, Philippines - South East Asian Airlines(SEAIR) director Nikos Gitsis is the first Philippine employer to receive the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a US Department of Defense agency.
Established in 1972, ESGR aims to gain and maintain employer support for the US National Guard and Reserve members by recognizing outstanding support.
Gitsis was nominated by Neil Lladoc, a SEAIR employee who is now a US Naval Reserve member stationed in New York.
Lladoc is grateful for the encouragement that Gitsis and his peers at SEAIR gave him during his tenure in the company.
“Today, supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the US National Guard and Reserve units,” said US army retired Maj. Gen. Benny Paulino, field chairman of the ESGR Guam-Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) Com-mittee.