State Auditor Stacey Pickering has received the Patriot Award from ESGR, Employer Support Of The Guard and Reserve. The award was presented to Pickering, a chaplain in the Mississippi Air National Guard, for his support of employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve. Pickering was nominated for the award by Susan Syverson, an investigator with the State Auditor’s Office who serves in the Mississippi Air National Guard 255th Air Traffic Control Squadron. It is Pickering’s second Patriot Award. He received his first award in March 2009.