Macon County Chronicle

Nestle Waters Honored for Extraordinary Support of Employees Serving in Tennessee National Guard

Red Boiling Springs, TN – The Tennessee Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today that Richard O’Neal of Nestle Waters North America was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employee(s) who serve in the Tennessee National Guard and Reserve.

The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals 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.  Richard O’Neal was nominated for being highly supportive of the National Guard by SSG Kelly Wisdom, a member of Troop E, FSC 278th Sup Sqd.  Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR provides education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.  More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at, or by calling 931-537-6809 for the Upper Cumberland Area.