Abbeville, AL – On July 27, an official with the Arkansas Army National Guard presented the Patriot Award to Jimmy Rane, president and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Incorporated, in recognition of the company’s support of employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserves.
Retired Major General Don Morrow presented a Department of Defense Certificate of Appreciation and lapel pin to Rane during a Great Southern customer appreciation dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas.
In order to receive the award, a company must be nominated by an employee who serves in the Guard or Reserve. Chief Warrant Officer Jerry Jones, an outside sales representative for Great Southern’s Glenwood, Arkansas, facility made the nomination and assisted Morrow in the awards presentation.
Jones has served in the Arkansas National Guard since October of 1971. He returned to Arkansas in May 2010 after serving for 13 months in Iraq with the 194th Engineer Brigade Headquarters. When presenting the award, Morrow emphasized that guard members like Jones could not do what they do without the support of their employer.
“I love this great country of ours, and nothing is more important than giving of yourself through military service,” said Rane. “It is truly an honor to receive the Patriot Award and to have a chance to publicly thank Jerry Jones for his service to our nation. We’re proud to have him on our team, and we greatly appreciate the sacrifices he’s made to help protect our freedom.”
The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee makes awards to employers based on their level of support of employees who are in the Guard and Reserve, while they are in training or deployed.