This morning I had the great honor to be presented with a Patriot Award for supporting the U.S. Army Reserve activities of Sergeant First Class Jonathan Kehayias.

It’s an award for me as I’m Jonathan’s supervisor; and for SQLskills as a company, Kimberly signed the statement of continuing support for the Guard and Reserve. I accepted the award from Phil Sanders, the State Vice Chair of the Washington Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and we flew Jonathan out to Redmond to be with us for the award ceremony.

Jonathan joined the Army Reserve 19.5 years ago, was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and deployed to Iraq for a year between 2003 and 2004. Since then he’s continued serving as a Drill Sergeant and is currently a Career Counselor, responsible for helping guide service members on whether to continue serving. Since Jonathan joined SQLskills in March 2011, we’ve supported him in every way possible and encouraged him to continue to serve.

Jonathan, thank you for nominating us for this award, and sincere thanks for your past and future service.