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uShip Honored with ‘Patriotic Employer’ Award

Deployed soldier and uShip sales team member Lt. Mary Ellen Davenport honored her fellow colleagues with the Patriotic Employer Award last week.


After working at uShip for a couple years, Davenport left for deployment last summer with the U.S. Army Reserves. While she is away serving her country, her desk and team await her safe return.

The Patriotic Employer Award reflects the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.


Before Davenport’s departure, sales team social committee head John Estrada organized a going away party and company-wide happy hour to say her “see-you-later”s in true uShip fashion.

But the team didn’t forget Davenport then. Davenport wrote: “In addition, since I have been deployed, [they] made sure that I received a gift card to the Green Bean Coffee Shop on base here… to celebrate my work anniversary at uShip. [Estrada] also spearheaded organizing a care package from many of my coworkers.”

In her request for the award, Mary Ellen wrote “These may sound like small acts, but for a deployed soldier, little acts mean so much more. The team’s efforts made me feel appreciated and valued as a soldier and co-worker.”

Rt. Military Officer Rodney McNelley presenting John Estrada with the Patriotic Employer Award
COL Rodney McNelley (Ret.) presenting John Estrada with the Patriotic Employer Award

Hurry home, Mary Ellen! When you’re back in Austin, you’ve got an endless run of Royal Blue coffee breaks waiting for you.

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