An employee of CVG Alabama of Piedmont was honored recently for supporting The National Guard and Reserve.

The U.S. Department of Defense “Patriotic Employer Award” is given to employers and managers who provide exceptional support to their families in the military. This award can only be given if nominated by an employee who is serving in the military.

Debra Mansell, the production manager at CVG Alabama, a resident of Cherokee County, Ala., received an award Friday, Dec. 7, at a town hall meeting with all Piedmont employees.

Mansell was nominated by an anonymous employee who is currently serving in The National Guard on a Fatality Search and Recovery Team.

“I go above and beyond as well as they do to secure the freedom of the United States of America and for that I truly appreciate their support,” said the service member.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserved presented Mansell with a certificate as a “Patriotic Employer” for “contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom By Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.”

CVG Alabama is proud to support our service men and women and Mansell stated she was honored and humbled to receive this award.

“We recognize the Guard and Reserve are essential to the strength of our national and the well-being of our communities,” read a statement of support for the Guard and Reserve.

“In the highest American tradition, the patriotic men and women of the Guard and Reserve serve voluntarily in an honorable and vital profession. They train to respond to their community and their country in time of need. They deserve the support of every segment of our society.”

“If these volunteer forces are to continue to serve our nation, increased public understanding is required of the essential role of the Guard and Reserve in preserving our national security.”

“Therefore, we join other employers in pledging that:

· “We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

· We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manager those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.

· We appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to employee Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.

· We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war.”