This week we are sending Randy off to visit one of our associates in Fort Hood, Texas who is preparing to serve in Afghanistan. Randy flew to Texas on a KC-135 Air-to-Air refueling tanker, refueling two B-52 Stratofortress’s on the way there. He will get to spend a couple days visiting with our soldier to understand what he does away from his civilian job for duty with military units. This opportunity is part of an ESGR Bosslift, the purpose of which, ” . . .is to provide employers and civic leaders the opportunity to observe first hand the technical training, leadership development and team building skills that a Guard member receives while on active duty as part of the Total Force.” Harmons was selected for this opportunity and honor based on one of our associate soldier’s nomination. Only 40 people, including ESGR volunteers, get the chance to participate in this trip and we are proud to be one of the few companies in Utah given this opportunity.
The soldier who nominated Harmons, Justin Newkirk of the Taylorsville store, is a member of the 1st Battalion 211th Aviation Regiment. Part of their mission in Afghanistan will utilize the AH-64 Apache Helicopter. One of the planned activities Randy will get to experience on his visit with Justin is to observe an Apache live fire exercise.
We are very proud of and thankful for all of our associates who have served, or are currently serving, in all branches of the military. We have many active Reservists and Guardsmen throughout the stores and in various positions, from store directors to meat cutters. We are very proud of the following National Guard and Reserve members: 7th Street – Josh Wasden; Ogden – Marcus Hensley; Bangerter Crossing – Wyatt Ross; Brickyard – Matt Watson; Cougar – Edwin Melville and Eric Lopez; St. George – Tristin King; Taylorsville – Justin Newkirk, Aaron Wasden, Courtney Jankowski; District – Matt Knight; Orem – Lance Unwin, David Nava, Michael Gailey; and more!
“Military flies 35 supportive Utah employers to tour Fort Hood” – Salt Lake Tribune
*ESGR – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve