Prime Inc., Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees who Serve in the National Guard and Reserves

Prime Inc., Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees who Serve in the National Guard and Reserves

Springfield MO Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, announced today that Darren Rook, Fleet Manager, Prime Inc., Springfield Terminal and company headquarters, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees and family members of those that serve in the Missouri National Guard and Reserve. 

At 8:30 a.m. on January 19, 2018 the “Patriot Award” ceremony was conducted during the employee staff and safety meeting at 2740 North Mayfair Ave, Springfield, MO 65803.  Col. (Ret.) Steven Vanderhoof, Area 4 Chairman, ESGR, made opening remarks and thanked the employer for providing jobs for Guard and Reserve members. The official award presentation was conducted by 1LT Jeremy Idleman, S-1, 935th Aviation Support Battalion, 1400 N. Fremont, Springfield, Mo., Missouri Army National Guard. 

The award presentation was attended by Robert Low, President and Founder, Prime Inc., and several employees.  Low accepted and signed the Statement of Support for the firm. Dennis Davis, Safety Supervisor, coordinated the meeting to include the award presentation ceremony.

The company was nominated for being highly supportive of its military Reserve Component members by employee Joseph Jacoby. Jacoby is a driver for the firm and a Sergeant with the 1-955H unit, 7901 Nebraska Ave, Building 1350, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., US Army Reserve. Jacoby wanted his employer recognized because of the support they provide by overcoming the scheduling difficulties of getting an over-the-road truck driver home for drill periods and other military training requirements.  Because of their extraordinary cooperation and support he nominated them for the award and asked it be presented in a formal presentation ceremony.  

According to Rear Admiral (Ret) Lee Metcalf, ESGR Missouri Chair, "The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's National Guard and Reserve units."

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America's borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR advocates relevant initiatives, recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of applicable laws, and resolves conflict between employers and service members. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at, or by calling (James Carver at 816-337-8175).

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