Brett Hiscock, general director, Tech, was honored with an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for affirming Union Pacific’s military-friendly workplace culture. This Department of Defense award recognizes supervisors for their support of an individual employee’s military service.
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Hiscock was nominated by Jacquelynn Harris, systems engineer. In additional to her full-time career with the railroad, Harris serves as a cyber warfare operator with the Iowa Air National Guard 168th Cyber Operations Squadron based out of Des Moines, Iowa.
“Recently, my unit decided to shift our drill schedule from weekends to workdays, briefly pulling me away from my civilian job every quarter,” Harris said. “When I brought it up to my supervisor, Brett, I got a sincere ‘whatever you need – we can help.’ This schedule is not common and presents complications for my family with travel and childcare, so having his support took away a layer of stress.”
To date, Harris’ 13 years of military service includes four years active duty at the 17th Special Tactics Squadron supporting the U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment, nine years in Air National Guard units, two international deployments and two federal Air National Guard activations.
“I genuinely appreciated his support and submitted an award nomination immediately,” Harris said.
Since its founding, Union Pacific has been proud to hire military veterans. Last year, the railroad employed more than 6,000 veterans composing approximately 19% of the company’s workforce.