Keasling Receives Patriotic Employer Award

June 19, 2018

Patriotic Employer AwardKEARNEY, Neb. – Central Community College associate dean of business and skills and technical sciences Bradley Keasling was surprised with a Patriot Award on June 15. Garth Scism, Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) volunteer, made the presentation in recognition of Keasling’s extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Nebraska Army National Guard.

In particular, Keasling was nominated for being highly supportive of Sgt. First Class Jared Pettit, a member of Company B, 734th Brigade Support Battalion, a Kearney-based unit.

In his nomination, Pettit stated Central Community College and specifically Mr. Keasling, deserves great recognition for supporting service member employees and students. He further stated they go above-and-beyond in showing their support to him.

 “The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals and companies 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 Scism in his presentation. “Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units, and it’s a pleasure for me to recognize Bradley Keasling and Central Community College with this award.”

Keasling also signed an ESGR statement of support publicly acknowledging Central Community College-Kearney Center’s support of all National Guard and Reserve service members.

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

Pictured (left to right): Sgt First Class Jason Delaney, 734th Brigade Spt Battalion; Garth Scism, ESGR volunteer; Bradley Keasling; Sgt First Class Jared Pettit; Mr. Bill Hitesman, CCC-Hastings president.