During the regular Box Butte County Commissioners meeting on Monday morning, County Clerk Judy Messersmith was presented with a Patriot Award by Randy Langemeier, a Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve volunteer and Area Chair in recognition of outstanding support of her employee serving in the Guard and Reserve.
She was nominated for being highly supportive of the Army National Guard by her Reserve Component employee, Army National Guard and Reserve Sgt. Raquel Oligmueller.
Oligmueller is a member of the 1057th Military Police Company based out of Chadron. She has been in the Guards for 15 years, enlisting when she was just 17-years-old.
Oligmueller wanted to thank not only Messersmith but the entire Clerks office for their support.
“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Langemeier in his presentation.
“We are fortunate and happy to have her as a county employee and serving our country,” Messersmith said.
Oligmueller stated in her nomination letter, “Our unit recently transitioned from transportation to military police. Since we have had to reclass and be away for a month, not to mention additional training such as 6-8 MUTA drills and annual training, I am away a lot. Our whole office feels the effects when one person is away because we wear many hats. From human resources to running elections, but no one ever complains and they all go above and beyond to not only take care of my duties but to offer help wherever it’s needed. They ask if I need help picking up my children from school or daycare and even offer to pick them up and take them in the morning. I cannot say enough to describe what it means to me to have everyone in this office support me, especially when I’m called away. Judy even uses her own personal funds to give me small thank you cards throughout the year just to show her personal appreciation for all that I do. She often tells customer that I’m in the military to recognize my service during casual conversation. Or, she will say, “You can ask Raquel she’s in the service!” I’ve had some great employers in the past but never anyone like this.”
“Judy has proved to have my back when other offices don’t understand military leave and why I’m away a lot. The guard is no longer a two day drill one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year. Between leadership courses and MUTA 6 drills having even the smallest amount of encouragement and support makes focusing on the task at hand that much easier when I’m away. In the past, I’ve had employers view it as an inconvenience while still trying to maintain some support, but that is not the case here. Judy, Gwen (Taylor) and Cassie (Palmer) don’t just give words of encouragement they show it by covering all my duties and having everything in order when I come back as if I had never left. They all know how much it means to me to be in the Guard and will support me professionally and personally whenever I’m away.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster 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. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit www.ESGR.mil.