Owner of Scorpion Security Products, Pete Gulick, is being recognized for supporting an employee’s commitment to defending this country.

Pete received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award Monday morning at the company’s office in Vestal.

Brigadier General Timothy LaBarge presented the honor.

Michael Bolles, Warehouse and Shipping Manager here at Scorpion, is also a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Bolles, who started at Scorpion last May after leaving active duty, has had to miss six weeks of work since last October and says Gulick has been very accommodating.

“Every time that I’ve been required to be absent, it’s been a pretty easy process. You just give him a call or send him an email. ‘Sorry, I have to do this again but I’m required to go away for an additional period of time,” said Bolles.

“People don’t realize just how well-skilled, talented, intelligent, motivated our veterans are. And they don’t get a fair shake when they get home. That’s why Scorpion is proud to employ as many as we can and partner with as many different companies as we can that support our veterans,” Gulick says.

Bolles nominated Gulick for the award.

LaBarge says the Guard and Reserves are now integral parts of America’s fighting force and the military relies on supportive employers.

“In the Department of Defense, we are prepared to support the President with combat-ready soldiers, sailors, airmen, guardsmen and Marines.

nes. That’s our contract. This isn’t going to work in an all-volunteer force unless we have the support of people like Pete Gulick and Scorpion Security Products,” said LaBarge.

Following the award presentation and lunch, Gulick and Bolles took the Brigadier General, who is also a pilot, to the Roberson Museum to see, among other things, one of the early Link flight simulators on display.