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Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Denise Gross

Noteworthy: The retired Army colonel is spearheading Pennsylvania's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, part of a Pentagon program that ensures the critical relationship between National Guardsmen and Reservists and their civilian employers. Gross is seeking nominations for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The deadline is Jan. 21.

Occupation: Human resource analyst for PennDOT

Age: 55

Residence: Etters, York County

Family: Husband Jeff, 55; daughters Nicole Strickler, 31, and Courtney Gross, 20.

Background: She was the first woman to command at the company level in the Army Reserve and joined the first class of female Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets at Bucknell University. She retired from the Army after three decades of service, including activation following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Education: Bachelor of Science in business management from Bloomsburg University, 1979; Master of Science in business management from Salve Regina University, 2001; master's degree in strategy studies from the Army War College, 2004.

Quote: “When I read the submissions that come from soldiers (for the Freedom Award), I'm always very happy to see what Pennsylvanians do for our troops, especially the small businesses.”-

— Carl Prine

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