A UDOT supervisor recently got a high-five for supporting a Utah National Guard employee.

The Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Patriot Award was presented to Shane Williamson, a UDOT Maintenance Supervisor in Parowan. Trans-Tech Scott Mackelprang nominated Williamson, his supervisor, for the award. Employers that practice personnel policies that support employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve are eligible for the award.

Scott Mackelprang and Shane Williamson

Williamson is proud to have received the a award. “It was cool. It made me feel good, like I am making a contribution to a bigger cause.”

Mackelprang serves one weekend a month and two weeks once per year in the 222 Field Artillery Unit of the Utah National Guard, also known as the “Southern Utah Pride”  and “The Triple Duce.”  The unit is scheduled to deploy soon.

For Williamson, scheduling manpower around Mackelprang’s absence is a bit of a challenge but worth the effort.  Guard participation “makes employees better people…more prompt and disciplined. It helps the department,” he adds.

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