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Bowdoin, Security Director Nichols Recognized with Pentagon's Patriotic Employer Award

Story posted October 19, 2010

The College has received the U.S. Department of Defense's Patriotic Employer Award for its support of Associate Director of Safety and Security Carol McAllister, a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves, during her term of service with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response effort in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Associate Director of Safety and Security Carol McAllister presents Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols with the Patriotic Employer Award, given by the U.S. Department of Defense’s National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

The award, from the DOD’s National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), recognizes McAllister's supervisor Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols, and the College as a whole, "for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserve Force."

"Carol's service in the Coast Guard Reserve is made possible through the support of Randy and the management team at Bowdoin College," says Gregory Small, executive director of the Maine Committee for ESGR. "Without employer support, our National Defense and our ability to respond to domestic emergencies would be greatly diminished. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, and all the men and women who so proudly serve our nation, it is an honor and privilege to present ESGR's Patriotic Employer Award to Randy Nichols."

McAllister spent nearly two months this summer working on a team directly supporting Thad Allen, the retired USCG four-star admiral and national incident commander of the oil spill response. Read more about McAllister’s efforts.

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