Katrina Gonzalez embodies the true definition of a patriot. As a leader on the American Red Services to Armed Forces team, Gonzalez has been recognized by U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Patriot Award recipient.
Gonzalez was presented the award by former Adjunct General of the Arkansas National Guard, Major General (Ret.) Don C. Morrow.
“The Leadership of the Red Cross provided the tools and guidance to make this possible,” Gonzalez said. “This award should be dedicated to the leadership teams across the Region, Division, and National Headquarters. I am proud to work with an organization who honor our military members, past and present, by hiring and supporting our veterans.”
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 award reflects great credit upon Katrina and the American Red Cross for supporting employees that are also serving in the military,” said, Richard Unda, Service to Armed Forces’ Regional Director for Oklahoma and Arkansas.
ShaRhonda Fox, who served on the Service to Armed Forces AmeriCorps team in Arkansas and Oklahoma and also serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve, nominated Gonzalez for the award.
An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member, may nominate individual supervisor for support directly to the nominating service member and his/her family.