Johnston High School business teacher Michael Barta is the head coach for the Dragons baseball team and was recently awarded the Patriot Award from the Iowa Employer Support of the Goard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office.
Barta was nominated for the award by a colleague, 2nd Lieutenant Peter Broome, who has served as the Dragons sophomore team head coach and varsity assistant coach.
The award was given to Barta on Jan. 21 by Major Jon Harbart of the Iowa National Guard.
"He has gone above and beyond the call to support me, my family, and the Iowa Air National Guard; it’s been unwavering during the past year. I can say with absolute certainty that I owe part of my success in the military over the past year to Michael Barta and the loyalty and support he has given, and continues to give, to me and my family," Broome said in a Johnston Community School District news release.