GREENBRIER — Scott Spainhour, superintendent of the Greenbrier School District, was doubly honored with a Statement of Support from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) of Arkansas for his support of military members. Brian Anible, Employee Outreach Representative for Arkansas, made the presentations.

In addition, Spainhour was given a Patriot Award for his emphasis within the district of the importance of being in the military. John Ashworth, principal of Greenbrier Junior High School, was recently promoted to First Sergeant with the 188 Fighter Wing. He was in Iraq in 2005 with Anible. He was also recognized by letter for his service.

ESGR is a Department of Defense organization. ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers.

Anible said, "ESGR is made up of all volunteers to bring awareness to our soldiers. Citizen soldiers make up 50 percent of our military through a network of thousands of volunteers throughout the nation and Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. 

"It is an honor to recognize employers who embrace ESGR and try to make it as easy as possible for a citizen to volunteer duty in our armed forces."  

Anible also presented Statements of Support for each principal in all six schools in the district to display in their respective schools. Accepting the awards were: Susan Jackson, principal of GHS; John Ashworth, principal of GJHS; Peggy Squires, principal of Westside School; Todd Edwards, principal of the middle chool; Sonya Barker, principal of Eastside School; and Kelli Smith, principal of Wooster School.