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Hawaii County Liquor Commission supervisor honored with Patriot Award

July 28, 2018

From the ESGR Hawaii website

HILO, Hawaii – Gerald Takase, Hawaii County Liquor Commission supervisor, received a Department of Defense Patriot Award June 1, in recognition of his continued support provided to his employee, TSgt Nestor Cacho, Hawaii Air National Guard.

Hawaii ESGR volunteer, Donna Shimizu presented the award.

Takase stated, “I was very honored to receive the award and thank Nestor for remembering me, even as a retired officer, the recognition is nice.  Although, it (the award), should be for everyone in the office since they all shared in the sacrifice to pick up the slack in Nestor’s absence”.

“The surprise presentation was done with typical Big Island flair, filled with lots of food and beautiful maile lei to celebrate the occasion,” added Shimizu.

Gerald Takase (second from left) receives an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award. Tech Sgt. Nestor Cacho, Hawaii Air National Guard, (holding the Patriot Award) nominated Takase for the award. Also pictured are the staff of the Hawaii County Liquor Commission

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. For more information about ESGR outreach programs or volunteer opportunities, call (800) 336-4590 or visit

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