ESGR presents Patriot Awards to Union Pacific | Community Spirit
North Little Rock's Union Pacific recognized for support of Arkansas Soldiers ~ Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves presents six with Patriot Awards
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Chief Warrant Officer 3 Frank Tracy, with the Barling based 2nd Battalion, 142nd Field Artillery Brigade recognized his civilian employers Wednesday, May 23, for their support of his service to the Arkansas National Guard.
In coordination witESGR presh Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Tracy presented the "Patriot Award" to several of his managers and labor leaders at Union Pacific's North Little Rock unit, where he works as a locomotive engineer.
"Over the last 11 years that I've been employed here, I've deployed four times," said Tracy, who returned from his third deployment to Iraq this past December after serving with the 77th Theater Aviation Brigade. "I've never had to stress one bit about my job, maintaining my job, or getting retrained.
It's a pleasure to come back and not have to worry about employment."
Joined by Richard Green of ESGR, Tracy helped present Patriot Awards to the following personnel from Union Pacific's North Little Rock office: Sue Wimmer, assistant director of the protection department; Chad Billson, manager of operating practices; Terry Todd, state legislative chairman with Arkansas' Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineer & Trainmen (BLET); and Norman Baker, chairmen of the BLET Local # 185.
Union Pacific's Monroe, Louisiana office also received special recognition with the presentation of Patriot Awards to Jody Lofton, manager of operating practices; and Reggie Paige, manager of terminal operations.
"It is a pleasure to work for an employer who is supportive of the Guard and Reserves," said Tracy. "It's been a pleasure to work for this company and this is my chance to say publicly, thank you Union Pacific."
Col. John Payne, who served as Tracy's commander over the 77th Theater Aviation Brigade during the deployment thanked the employers as well, while sharing his thoughts about the future.
"Hopefully, we won't experience what we've experienced the last ten years - with four deployments for Frank," said Payne. "Hopefully, in the future the deployments will slow down. But knowing that those Soldiers have someone to come home to and people looking out for them, it means a lot to commanders.
"It means a lot to the National Guard for employers, and for coworkers, and supervisors to support their Soldiers whenever they deploy," the colonel added. "The Guard does bring something back to employers, and I hope you see that in Frank Tracy."