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Dobbins Reserve Employer wins state ESGR award

DOBBINS AIR RESERVE BASE, Ga. -- Yancy Brothers Company, a Georgia Caterpillar equipment dealer, won ESGR's prestigious Pro Patria Award at the 2007 ESGR awards banquet recently held in Augusta, Ga.

The Pro Patria Award is the ESGR's highest award given at the state level. Statewide, only two employers are recognized annually.

Tech. Sgt. Hal Smith along with Staff Sgt. Ed Mullis, both assigned to the 80th Aerial Port Squadron, at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga., nominated each of their supervisor's for the ESGR Patriot Award after returning from a year long deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The nominations subsequently led to their employer being submitted for the Pro Patria Award.

Both Sergeant Smith, and Sergeant Mullis attended the ceremony along with their commander, Lt. Col. Todd Laughmann, who traveled from Chicago to be present at the event.

"It puts Yancey Brothers Company in an elite group with those Georgia employers that show the strongest support for their Reserve employees who are called to active duty," said Sergeant Smith.

The company not only supports their Reservists, but actively recruits prior service and existing Guard and Reserve members as technicians.

They continued my pay and insurance benefits up to 12 months while serving on active duty. They contributed to my 401K through profit sharing contributions," Sergeant Smith said.

While he was deployed, the company showed great concern for his family. Human Resource personnel frequently called the family to see if she needed anything. They even provided lawn care service while he was gone so his wife could focus on other things.

"What I appreciated most was the fact that I didn't have to worry about any family or financial hardships back home. As a result, I was able to focus on our critical airlift mission," Sgt. Smith said.

By winning Georgia's top ESGR Award, Yancey Brothers Company has been chosen to represent the state on a national level. They will be vying for the Secretary of Defense "Eagle" Award presented to 15 worthy employers throughout the United States.