Dr. David Dudley doesn't wear a military uniform, but one of his students said she could not serve without his help.
"Dr. Dudley has been my advisor since 2008, right before I deployed to Afghanistan," said Staff Sgt. Amber Augustine.
She graduates in May, after a seven year college career that includes two deployments.
Dr. Dudley's help with last minute registrations and letters to her commanders prompted her to nominate him for the Patriot Award for Guard and Reserve employers.
The award pays tribute to those in the job world, or classroom, that helps guard members serving.
"It's very hard for our men and women in uniform to fulfill their dual responsibilities to their employer and to the military without active support from their employer," said Chuck Clark, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
It doesn't take much convincing for Dr. Dudley, who has children and other relatives in the military.
"As advisors, we have to make allowances for non-traditional students, not just older students or ones with families, but also those who are active duty or reserve military," said Dudley.
For his effort and support for those who serve, Dr. David Dudley earns a Military Salute.