Members of JJC Police Honored with Patriot Award

Members of the JJC Police Department were honored with a Patriot Award April 27 in recognition of their support in the workplace for the National Guard or reservists.

Chief Pete Comanda, Commander Mel Cornelius, Sergeant Jeff Smith and Communications Operator Jean Smith were nominated by Aleksandra Lenart, JJC communications operator, for the Patriot Award given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESRG) organization.

Lenart’s husband has been stationed in North Carolina for the last few years and is now being deployed to Afghanistan, while she is here working at JJC and caring for their young daughter. According to Chief Comanda, Lenart nominated the group for being supportive and understanding during the time her husband is deployed.

Francine Razny, a member of ESRG and adjunct faculty member, presented the award on the Main Campus Bridge. As part of the award presentation, the honorees each signed a statement of support, which Razny said denotes the following:

  • We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a U.S. Department of Defense organization. It is a staff group within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. Ultimately, the group works to develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating initiatives and recognizing outstanding support. For more information, visit

Photo from left: Jean Smith, Francine Razny, Pete Comanda, Aleksandra Lenart, Mel Cornelius, Jeff Smith.

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