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J.B. Hunt honored for backing troops

by Nathan Owens | July 22, 2021 at 10:22 a.m.
A view of the break area inside the new expansion Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the J.B. Hunt Transport headquarters in Lowell. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF)

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. earned high marks from the U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday for supporting employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves.

The Lowell-based trucking and logistics company was one of 15 recipients of the 2021 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

"The men and women of the National Guard and Reserve make significant contributions to our communities and our national security," Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said in a written statement. "We owe a debt of gratitude to these exemplary employers."

The nominating committee received 3,382 submissions from National Guard and Reserve employees.

The recipients exceeded the requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, offering enhanced pay and benefits packages, flexible scheduling and generous leave policies.

The award was first presented in 1996, with 310 honorees to date.

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