Athens, Ga. – Darnell Tate, manager of the University of Georgia Oglethorpe Dining Commons, recently received the Patriot Award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The Patriot Award is presented to employers who practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve.
UGA employee Theodis Hammock, who works as a cook in Oglethorpe Dining Commons and currently serves as a cook in the Army National Guard, nominated Tate.
“Chef Tate has always been highly supportive of my National Guard service, even when I am called on short notice,” said Hammock.
In receiving the award from retired Col. Joel Seymour, Tate recognized the entire food services department and UGA.
“It’s the support I receive from my leadership in food services that allows me to work with Theodis during the times he is with the Guard,” said Tate. “In addition, I am proud of my team who always steps up when Theodis is called to service.”
Now that Tate has received this award, he may be considered for future recognitions within the National Guard and Reserve.