Oak Creek, WI – Wisconsin Kenworth’s Steve Kruit and Matthew Biesiadny recently received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award, and were nominated by Nicholas Puffer. This award is one of the highest distinctions that is given to employers who go above and beyond in support of America’s many civilian soldiers. Kruit, Biesiadny, and Puffer all both at Wisconsin Kenworth’s Oak Creek Location, where Kruit is Branch Manager, and Biesiadny and Puffer are excellent Service Technicians. This marks the second time in the past year Wisconsin Kenworth has won this award.


From ESGR Press Release:

Photo participants (L2R): Matt Biesiadny, Service Technician; Nicholas Puffer, Service Technician; Trace Kruit, son of Steve Kruit; Steve Kruit, Branch Manager; Bill Rheingans, Wisconsin ESGR.

Mike Williams, Chairman of the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), has announced that Steve Kruit, Branch Manager and Matthew Biesiadny, Service Technician of Wisconsin Kenworth were presented with a Patriot Award by ESGR representative Bill Rheingans, Area 2 Chair in recognition of extraordinary support of one of their employees serving in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

The presentation took place at Wisconsin Kenworth in Oak Creek WI, at 3:00 p.m. on May 17th, 2018. According to Mr. Rheingans:

“Steve and Matt were nominated for this prestigious national award by their employee Sergeant Nicholas Puffer who is a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and assigned to the 132nd BSB, Sussex WI. The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members but demonstrate superior support to the military employee and his/her family. The National Guard and Reserve Forces are the cornerstone of our national defense. Steve Kruit and Matt Biesiadny provided outstanding support and cooperation and have exhibited a patriotic spirit which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award.”

Mike Clark, President of Wisconsin Kenworth’s Truck Division, commented:

“We are proud of Nicholas and his continued involvement in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. His commitment along with a number of others currently employed by our company, both active and former military personnel, demonstrate the values that we hold dear. Both Steve and Matt truly deserve this award based on the support they provide which makes our company and our country stronger.”


About the ESGR

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. ESGR facilitates and promotes a cooperative culture of employer support for National Guard and Reserve service by developing and advocating mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support, increasing awareness of applicable laws
and policies, resolving potential conflicts between employers and their service members, and acting as the employers’ principal advocate within DoD.

More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at www.esgr.mil, or by calling Chris Campbell of the Wisconsin ESGR Committee, at 608-242-3169.