Decorated Reserve Officer Nominates DuPont For Freedom Award

DuPont News, February 15, 2012
Col. Gary Brito, 120th Infantry Brigade commander, and Vernon Durden represent t


Lt. Col. David K. Rainey, an electrical and instrumentation technician at the DuPont Sabine River Works site, has nominated DuPont for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. DuPont received the Freedom Award in 2006.

“DuPont is proud to support all employees who serve in the military to protect the freedom we enjoy every day at home,” said Bobby Laughlin, Sabine River Works site manager. “We recognize the sacrifices they make by going beyond the call of duty serving both our country and company.”

DuPont recently began the Veteran’s Network organization to advocate for veteran affairs and employment within the company, instilling traditions of military service that foster integrity, excellence, service and leadership in business and community endeavors. The Sabine River Works site received the Patriot Award in January for its ongoing commitment to employees serving in the military.

“I’m honored to serve my country and work for a company that demonstrates its reverence for all active and veteran military personnel,” David said. “One of the DuPont core values is respect for people, and the Veteran’s Network and other support the company provides to its employees is why I’m advocating the company receive the Freedom Award.”

Acceptance of unit colors
Lt. Col. David Rainey (left), incoming commander of the 3rd Battalion, 289th Regiment, accepts the unit colors from 120th Infantry Brigade commander, Col. Gary Brito (right), during a change of command ceremony at the Carl H. Pipkin Army Reserve Center in Beaumont.

David has served more than 24 years in the military. He started in the Naval Reserve as an enlisted hospital corpsman, and later received a commission in the Army and served tours in Iraq during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Among his military decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the National Defense Service Ribbon.

“Employers who go above and beyond in their support of Guard and Reserve members are providing a tremendous service to our country,” said David McGinnis, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs. “They are contributing to the resiliency and peace of mind of the more than one million men and women who stand ready to serve when our nation calls on them.”

The Freedom Award was instituted in 1996 by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 to foster employer support for Guard and Reserve service.