Serving our country can be a challenge under even the best of circumstances. Alvin Peyton knows that based on experience, and he was recently recognized for helping a team member balance work and military service.
Peyton, a Law Enforcement Unit staff sergeant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, was nominated by Jennifer Hairfield, who reports to him, for the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a U.S. Department of Defense committee. Peyton’s management and members of the Virginia Army National Guard, ESGR and the U.S. Department of Labor gathered at the Richmond Fed as Peyton was presented with the award last month.
Hairfield, who has been with the Bank since 2004, said Peyton helped accommodate her Virginia Army National Guard training and drills when scheduling her work shifts here at the Bank. “I just really appreciate his support and the support of our entire department,” she said.
Peyton, a former Coast Guard reservist, said he was surprised and grateful. “It’s probably the most humbling thing I’ve received because it came from a member of the team. I’m very appreciative. I just find that if you put people first, the entire organization benefits.” Peyton joined the Richmond Fed in 2006 after retiring from a 32-year career with the Virginia State Police.
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Markus Summers, assistant vice president of the Bank’s Law Enforcement Unit, congratulated Peyton on his award and recognized Hairfield for her service. “I understand the commitment it takes for the individual, and I also understand the commitment it takes from an organization,” said Summers, an Air Force and Air National Guard veteran.
ESGR, established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve members and their civilian employers, grants several types of awards for both individuals and organizations.
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