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The Smiling Place supervisor honored by Department of Defense for patriotic support

October 11, 2019
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WAIPHAU, Hawaii – Dr. Chadron Araki of The Smiling Place was presented with a Patriot Award by Howard Sugai, public affairs director for the Hawaii Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee, in recognition of extraordinary support of his employee serving in the Hawaii Air National Guard.

Dr. Araki was nominated by Master Sgt. Jeffrey Romualdo who said, “Dr. Chad has been always supportive of my military duties. Previously being a First Sergeant in the Hawaii National Guard, there have been many times that my military duties have taken me away from the practice. I have been practicing as a registered dental hygienist at the Smiling Place for over seven years now and not once there was any hesitation of the practice in giving me time-off to complete my military obligations. It’s to an easy task to find a replacement hygienist to see patients but the office has always found a way to do it. Dr. Chad [Araki] is definitely a true patriot.”

A Statement of Support was also signed by Dr. Araki during the presentation. 

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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