The Charles County Sheriff's Office has received an award recognizing the agency's support for its employees who serve in the Air National Guard.

The sheriff's office, along with Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey, received a Hometown Hero award from the U.S. Air Force. Sheriff's office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said the agency supports employees who are military members by allowing them to take time off to perform their service to the country.

"They come right back to the job they left," she said.

Coffey was presented the award by Cpl. Charles Gass, a detective in the sheriff's office's Special Victims Unit who also serves in the Air Force. Gass is currently a Security Forces superintendent assigned to the 113th Security Forces Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, and he also has deployed to the Middle East.

After receiving the award, consisting of a coin and a letter of appreciation, Coffey praised Gass for his law enforcement and military service.

"I'm proud that our agency was recognized with this award, and I'm even more proud of your service to our country," Coffey said. "We will always support our employees who serve in the military as we recognize how important your service is."