“Boss Lift” gives San Juan County employers a taste of military life
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Mike Redd, of Redd Mechanical (left) and Billy Mendoza, Maintenance Foreman at Denison Mines (USA) Corp (right) wear the 40 pounds of protective armor and other gear that troops will wear in the 100 plus degree heat of Afghanistan. Employees of both employer’s were deployed with the Utah National Guard’s 624th Engineer Company this month.	Courtesy photo
Mike Redd, of Redd Mechanical (left) and Billy Mendoza, Maintenance Foreman at Denison Mines (USA) Corp (right) wear the 40 pounds of protective armor and other gear that troops will wear in the 100 plus degree heat of Afghanistan. Employees of both employer’s were deployed with the Utah National Guard’s 624th Engineer Company this month. Courtesy photo
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Left to right: David Carr, Derrick Jones, Jesse Barton, Gary Crowley, Mike Redd and Billy Mendoza share a meal in the mess hall during a Boss Lift at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Boss Lift offers employers an opportunity to visit military installations to observe National Guard and Reserve members involved in training exercises.  The three local employers were able to spend time with their employees during their first the first leg of their 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Left to right: David Carr, Derrick Jones, Jesse Barton, Gary Crowley, Mike Redd and Billy Mendoza share a meal in the mess hall during a Boss Lift at Fort Bliss, Texas. The Boss Lift offers employers an opportunity to visit military installations to observe National Guard and Reserve members involved in training exercises.  The three local employers were able to spend time with their employees during their first the first leg of their 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.
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Last week, three local employers had a taste of what their employees go through as members of the Utah National Guard, as they participated in a “Boss Lift” at Fort Bliss, TX.  

The Boss Lift offers employers an opportunity to visit military installations throughout the nation to observe National Guard and Reserve members involved in training exercises.  

For three local employers, Mike Redd, of Redd Mechanical, Billy Mendoza, of Denison Mines, and Gary Crowley, of Crowley Construction, it also allowed them a first-hand look as their employees began a year-long deployment to Afghanistan as members of the Utah National Guard’s 624th Engineer Company.

Local members of the Utah National Guard’s 624th include Ivan Carr, David Carr (employed as a Process Mechanic at Denison Mines) Montana Carr, Jesse Barton (employed at Crowley Construction) and Derrick Jones (employed as an Apprentice Plumber at Redd Mechanical).

On June, 13, about 150 soldiers of the Utah National Guard’s 624th Engineer Company departed Utah on the first leg of their 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Just more than a week later, the Boss Lift program allowed employers to travel on a KC-135 Refueling Jet to Fort Bliss, where they were able to see their employees train and continue their preparation for deployment.

“We received a warm welcome from the commanding officers at Fort Bliss,” said Gary Crowley. “They expressed many, many times how much they appreciated the employers support and they gave us ideas of how we could support the troops during their time of deployment and after they return. The whole experience helped me realize what dedicated young men and women our service members are and how much we owe them.”

At Fort Bliss, the employers were shown around the base and were able to see some of what the troops will do and the equipment they will use.  

The employers were allowed to fire a 50 caliber machine gun and wear the 40 pounds of protective armor and the other gear that the troops will wear in the 100 plus degree heat of Afghanistan.

For Billy Mendoza, the visit was not only an honor and a privilege, but he found himself eating in the same chow hall and reflecting on his own 2003 deployment. Mendoza was a member of the 1457th Engineer Company that was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Mike Redd said, “The objective of the trip was to give employers a better understanding of the Guardsman we employ, but we were able to see how critical they each are to their Unit’s success and we, each employer there, also came away with a feeling of absolute and intense gratitude.

“Each of these individuals are our employees and friends…they are volunteers, they are great soldiers, they are great people...they are our heroes!”

The employers bid the troops goodbye on Friday evening after a good meal in the mess hall and returned to Salt Lake City on Saturday morning.  

In Salt Lake City, they observed a National Guard Unit returning after a year deployment in Afghanistan and got a glimpse of what it will be like in a year when our own local heroes return home.

“Hoooaaaaahhhhh!!!,” added Mendoza. “Hooah is an Army term that’s used meaning ‘we agree!’ We used this term a lot during our visit to Fort Bliss. 624th…Hooah!”
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July 17, 2012
Everyone knows Gary Crowley, Local construction contractor, Local farmer, Employs 5-35 people per year. Veteran US Army. Served with the 82nd Airborne Division. President Lyndon Johnson sent Gary's outfit to put down an insurrection in the Dominican Republic in 1965.

Supporter of youth programs, County fair supporter, Especially 4-H youth,Gary & Phylis have a wall in their office covered with pictures of 4-H animals & letters of appreaciation for buying their animals from local San Juan County kids.

Still working hard at 68 Years old, We are all very fortunate to have Gary & Phylis for neighbors / friends in San Juan County.
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