Dean Sink honored with Patriot Award
North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has presented Mickey Truck Bodies’ President & CEO Dean Sink with its Patriot Award for his support of Specialist (SPC) E-4 Jacob Everhart, a Mickey employee on the Van Body Team.
ESGR was established in 1972 to “promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve members and their civilian employers, and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.” An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for a wide-range of support measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence if needed.
Jacob lives in Lexington, NC and has been a member of the National Guard 732nd Forward Support Company (FSC), 5th Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment out of Reidsville, NC since August 2013. His commitment is for 1 weekend of duty every month, including a Saturday, with the potential of extended service to 4 days per month to include a Thursday and Friday – all Mickey work days. In addition Jacob is required to report for a 2-week training exercise every summer.
“Dean has always publicly expressed his appreciation, gratitude and respect for our country’s Military personnel,” says Jacob. “Not a meeting goes by that he doesn’t give his thanks to all who serve and those who have served. When I applied for a job here I told them I was in the Guard and that I would be unavailable for work during certain times. They told me that was ‘perfectly fine,’ and right from the start they thanked me for my service. I know I always have a place here at Mickey when I return.”
Now that the Guard is “On Alert” and its members can be called into active duty at any time, Mickey is “completely aware of my situation, and I know they are behind me 100%” Jacob adds. “They are true Patriots, and it all starts with Dean and Carl [Mickey, Jr., Executive Vice President].”
“We support, value and profoundly appreciate the military service of the Citizen Warriors of the National Guard and Reserve,” says Dean. “They could not defend and protect us without the security of meaningful civilian employment. We are proud to have Jacob Everhart as a Mickey employee.”