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Chrysler recognized for supporting employees in military

by Bill Cawthon on

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve of Southeast Michigan presented its employer leadership award to Chrysler for the Company’s longstanding support for employees on active military duty and their families.

Deborah Schroeder, Michigan Committee for Employer Support Southeast Region Chair/ Ombudsman Director, presented the award to Nancy Rae, Senior Vice President – Human Resources, Chrysler Group, and Bill Cousins, Head of Corporate Security, in an informal ceremony at the Chrysler Group headquarters.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense agency that develops and promotes the efforts of all American employers to value and support the military service of their employees.

Chrysler Group was nominated for the award by Steve Zaner of the Company’s Corporate Security Group. Zaner is a U.S. Air Force officer who was called to active duty from January through July 2010.

“My family appreciated all the little things Chrysler Group did for us during my active duty,” Zaner said. “I really wanted to say thank you to the Company and to my supervisors and department leaders for being so sensitive to the needs of employees in the military and their families.”

“The Chrysler Group Management Team is so proud of what these employees do for our country,” Rae said. “We understand how important it is to help maintain continuity providing benefits for our employee and their families when they go on active duty.”

Chrysler Group currently has 24 employees on active military leave. Among Chrysler Group’s U.S. employees, about 195 people are currently active or inactive Reservists and nearly 4,000 employees are military veterans.

This Veteran’s Day, the UAW/Chrysler Local 412 Veterans Committee will hold a commemorative ceremony at Chrysler Group Headquarters honoring military medical personnel. Guest speaker at the ceremony will be Major General Richard Stone, U.S Army Acting Deputy Surgeon General.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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