In order to recognize the historic support of Nevada`s employers in 2020, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve organization in cooperation with the Nevada National Guard hosted the first ESGR Statewide Hybrid Live-Virtual Patriot Award Presentation on Feb. 12. Nevada Guard facilities in Reno and Las Vegas hosted the in-person attendees while dozens joined in remotely for the event from across the state. More than 100 supervisors and managers from 98 Nevada businesses, companies and organizations received ESGR Patriot Awards.
More than 310 Nevada National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were among the 32,000 National Guardsmen on duty January 20 across the nation to help quell any potential civil disturbance on Joseph Biden Jr.’s ultimately calm and quiet Presidential Inauguration Day.
In addition to placing 60 Soldiers on duty in the state capital on inauguration day, the Nevada Guard sent 253 Soldiers and Airmen to Washington, D.C., to support the 59th Presidential Inauguration. They were among the 25,900 National Guardsmen on duty in the nation’s capital for the Presidential Inauguration.
Spc. Michael Highline, 36, of the 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion, died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident on Dec. 14 while he was traveling to Nevada Army Guard training. He will be fondly remembered as a respected Soldier, a caring father, and the top connoisseur of coffee in the Nevada National Guard.
The International Association of Emergency Managers awarded Nevada Army Guard Lt. Col. Brett Compston its 2020 Regional Citation in for his work as the incident commander for the state of Nevada`s coronavirus health response and initial recovery between May and September. Only six emergency managers in the nation were recognized with citations.
Since the beginning of the Nevada National Guard’s coronavirus health response support in April, task forces have provided assistance at 10 tribal locations across Nevada with either food distribution support and/or COVID-19 testing medical and logistical support.