Islander Douglas Hansen, president of Airbag Service, an automotive safety and electronics services company, have received the Patriot Award acknowledging their sacrifice that made it possible for a Lakewood father of three to pursue his dream of military service. Second Lieutenant Dan Pierce of the 161 HHC Infantry Unit nominated Douglas Hansen and Airbag Service for the award. Airbag Service employs Lieutenant Pierce as an automotive technician.
While working for Airbag Service, Lieutenant Pierce completed Basic Combat Training, Officer Candidate School and an associate’s degree. With only seven employees in the Puget Sound area, Airbag Service needed to hire and train a temporary employee to cover Lieutenant Pierce’s civilian responsibilities while he earned his rank.
“We are proud of Dan’s accomplishments,” stated Doug Hansen, President of Airbag Service. “It was our honor to support our country, to support Dan, and to support his family.”
“It has been rewarding, challenging and difficult since I joined the Washington Army National Guard,” stated Lieutenant Pierce, “Without the support, understanding and patriotism of everyone at Airbag Service, the challenge would’ve been nearly impossible.”
Dennis Newell and Bob DeWald of the Washington Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, presented the award.