Last week, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Ombudsman John Van Dalen met with GM Shirley Yap and HR Manager Robin Yates to present an award for the site’s exceptional support for veterans. He then asked the refinery's leaders to sign a ‘statement of support’ to demonstrate its continued support for veterans and reservists.

Shell is committed to hiring military veterans and active reservists, and the Puget Sound Refinery has many of both. ESGR recognized the refinery’s military-focused employee network efforts as well. ESGR is a U.S. Department of Defense program and seeks to foster a culture in which all employers value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the U.S.

“I was so impressed by the family culture at the refinery, and Shell is the poster company for support of the guard and reserves,” said ESGR Ombudsman John Van Dalen. “They not only hire veterans but provide opportunities for them to truly thrive.”

Puget Sound Refinery Employees Receive Patriot Award

Earlier this year, Puget Sound Refinery employees Production Specialist Ken Long and Operations Rep Boyd Wells received a Patriot Award by ESGR for their extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard. Sgt. 1st Class Jason Muzzy nominated Long and Wells. Muzzy works as a Process Operator at the site, and he also serves in the Washington Army National Guard.

“Veterans add so much value to our culture and performance,” said Robin Yates, Shell Puget Sound Refinery’s HR Manager. “Their work ethic, commitment to safety and dedication to watching out for their teammates is inspiring to everyone around them.”

To those who have served our country or are currently serving, we are forever grateful for your dedication to our nation!

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