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Patriot Award Given to Island University Employee for Going Above and Beyond for Fellow Co-worker, Serviceman

September 23, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Reflecting the effort put forth to support a citizen warrior and fellow co-worker, Jill Jacobs, Executive Director of Development at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was selected to receive the Employee Service of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. She was nominated by Victor Navarrete, Director of Development at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who is also a Petty Officer Second Class Mass Communications Specialist in the United States Navy Reserve.

This summer, Navarrete took a 95-day leave from the Island University to train at Ft. George G. Meade in Maryland as he transitioned his position from military police to mass communications specialist.

“Before I even left, Jill implemented a plan to foster the relationships I built between the University and the community,” said Navarrete of his supervisor. “Jill also took the time to understand what I do in the Navy Reserve and the laws that protect me at my current job. Jill went that step beyond to allow me to do my civilian duties as well as support my career at NAS Corpus Christi in a way that no previous employer has done for me.”

During an intimate ceremony on Sept. 23, Jacobs received a framed Patriot Award certificate and accompanying lapel pin in recognition of her outstanding contributions. Also in attendance at the ceremony were two of Navarrete’s supervisors at the NAS Corpus Christi Navy Operational Support Center – Command Master Chief Joe English and Commander Carmen Ehret.

“I’m honored to receive this award, but I feel the institution is the one that deserves the honors,” said Jacobs. “I’m proud to work at a place that supports all military services members, including students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed. Patriot Awards are awarded to individual supervisors, not to an entire staff or organization as a whole.

“Having a supervisor like Jill allows me to be confident that being in the Navy Reserves is and always will be something I can continue to serve in,” said Navarrete. “By supporting me, Jill ensures that I can support my fellow shipmates, my unit, my command and my country.”