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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Morning Star Boys’ Ranch leadership honored by Defense Department

the Inland Register

(From the May 1, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Representatives of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch receive congratulations from Paul McNabb (right) of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. From left: Colene Rubertt, Morning Star’s senior vice president of development; Lt. Matt McLaughlin, a former counselor at Morning Star; and Morning Star CEO Joseph Pickert. (IR photo courtesy of Morning Star Boys’ Ranch)

Leadership at Morning Star Boys’ Ranch has been recognized by the Defense Department for supporting a member of the Washington Army National Guard in carrying out his military service.

Brian Barbour, senior vice president and program director for Morning Star, was recognized for his support of Lt. Matt McLaugh-lin, a former counselor who recently left the ranch to help his unit prepare for deployment overseas.

But before taking leave, Lt. McLaughlin recommended Bar-bour for the Patriotic Employer Award given by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to managers and supervisors who go beyond the requirements of federal and state law in assisting their employees serving in the National Guard or Federal Reserve.

The award was presented at a recent meeting of the Armed Services Committee of Greater Spokane Inc., by Paul McNabb, immediate past chairman for the Eastern Washington area of ESGR.

Receiving the award in the absence of Barbour were Joseph Pickert, CEO of Morning Star, and Colene Rubertt, Morning Star’s senior vice president of development.

Lt. McLaughlin said he received “unconditional support” from Barbour in performing his military mission. “I could not have accomplished what I did in the National Guard without his support,” said Lt. McLaughlin. Barbour’s support “allowed me to be a better trained, more motivated soldier.”

McNabb said that is exactly what his organization seeks from employers of Guard and Reserve members. “It takes solid support from employers such as what Morning Star provided in order for our military/civilian personnel to do the job asked of them,” said McNabb.

The award to Barbour indicates the atmosphere within Morning Star and other organizations that allows supervisors to help their military employees, he said.

For over 50 years, Morning Star Boys’ Ranch has provided love, professional care, guidance, and hope to children, youth, and families, while nurturing their social, moral, educational, and emotional growth through programs and ministry.


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