GREENSBORO, NC (December 15, 2011) – Mack Defense senior vice president Tom Kelly received the My Boss is A Patriot Award for his support of colleague Ryan Werling, Mack Defense director of defense sales and programs and Army Reserve Major, during his six-month tour of Iraq.
Kelly and his team at Mack Defense, a division of Mack Trucks, Inc., stayed in frequent contact with Werling and his family via phone and e-mail. They also sent several care packages with Mack merchandise, gift certificates and food to Werling’s wife and their two young children. Werling received his own comfort package with food and supplies that he shared with his fellow soldiers.
“We wanted to let Ryan and his family know he was still a part of the Mack team, even though he had another job to do during that time,” said Kelly. “We also knew it would be hard on Ryan’s family to have him away for so long, and in this small way we could let them know how much we appreciated their sacrifice.” In recognition of his support to Werling, the North Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve presented Kelly with the My Boss is A Patriot Award during a ceremony at Mack headquarters.
“I am truly indebted to the Mack team for the compassion and support they showed to me and more importantly to my wife and our two small children,” Werling wrote in the award nomination. “As a former active duty soldier, I have been in many tight and cohesive units. I would put my Mack experience against any of my active duty experiences with regard to how well my company took care of my family.”
While deployed, Werling served as an operations officer with the Defense Logistics Agency support team in Iraq. It was his second Iraq tour; the first was in 2003 while on active duty with the Army.
CAPTION: Tom Kelly (second from right) receives the My Boss is a Patriot Award from Harold McLeod (right) of the North Carolina Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Ryan Werling (second from left) nominated Kelly for the award. During the ceremony, Werling presented Mack Trucks, Inc. President & CEO Denny Slagle (left) with a flag flown on Forwarding Operating Base Union III in Baghdad on April 30 in honor of Mack Trucks, Inc. Ryan holds the certificate honoring Mack, signed by Command Sergeant Major Stephan Frennier.
GREENSBORO, NC (October 12, 2011) – Mack Defense, a division of Mack Trucks, Inc., will supply West-Mark with its MACK® Granite™ model truck following an award from the U.S. Army Contracting Command out of Warren, MI. Under the contract, West-Mark, a leading manufacturer of tank transportation equipment, will produce water and fuel tanker trucks to serve Security Forces of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries during their continued rebuilding and infrastructure efforts.
“Our rugged Granite truck has proven itself in both military and commercial service around the world and will excel in this application” said Tom Kelly, Mack Defense senior vice president.
“Mack’s 111 years of truck manufacturing experience complements West-Mark’s expertise perfectly on this program.”
Deliveries will start in early 2012 and continue through the contracting period of 3 years, with a 2-year option. The total value of this contract is approximately $37.8 million and includes spare parts and in-country service points.