“Mark Thomas has been consistently supportive of me as I fulfill my military obligations in the Army National Guard,” Johnson said. “There’s been a couple things that have popped up over the past year unexpectedly, and he’s the first boss I’ve had who right off the bat told me to go ahead and take care of it without any pushback.”
Whether it’s taking Johnson off the schedule when he receives last-minute orders or remaining in contact with Army leadership to get documentation squared away, Thomas continues to have Johnson’s back. He had no idea he was being nominated, and was completely blindsided when he learned he had won the award.
“I was very honored,” Thomas said. “I want to stress that this should be a unit citation because it’s not just me helping out. It’s all his co-workers and the team supporting him.”
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve sent a representative, Tim Lambert, to present the award to Thomas in the form of a certificate and accompanying lapel pin. The presentation was held on Nov. 5, just in time for Veterans Day.