The Guam-CNMI Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve held its 11th annual Employers Award Ceremony at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort on Thursday, recognizing employers that support their employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve.

ESGR National Chairman Craig McKinley joined military commanders and island dignitaries in recognizing 53 employers from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Pro Patria Award, the highest award given at the state level, was presented to Bank of Guam, Tango Theatres and the Judiciary of Guam.

The three employers also are in the running for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

ESGR is a Department of Defense program that encourages employers to support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve.