PIERRE - The assistant director of the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management has recently been awarded the Service Member Patriot Award from the United States Department of Defense.

Tina Titze earned the honor for her support as a citizen employer of South Dakota Army National Guard member Jonathan Nesladek, an OEM employee.

The Patriot Award is given to citizen employers who offer their employee soldiers flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployments, leaves of absence if needed and consideration of needs of family members.

Titze says she is honored to receive the award on behalf of all of the employees at the Office of Emergency Management.

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