On Friday, October 11, Destin Water Users, Inc. (DWU) was awarded a token of appreciation from the Army Reserve Aviation Command in recognition for their continued support of the U.S. Military.
As a company, DWU is committed to supporting and employing the nation’s veterans and active military living in the area. The presentation of the token came from one of DWU’s long-tenured employees, Command Sergeant Major Judd Mooso, who during the ceremony expressed his gratitude and appreciation to fellow employees and management for their support and hard work when he was called to duty.
Mooso has been serving in the Army for 28 years and has been employed with DWU for over 22 years where he serves as the Water Operations Superintendent and Safety Program Coordinator. After serving in the Regular Army’s 10th Mountain Division and then the Louisiana Army National Guard, Mooso moved to Niceville, Fla. with his family and joined the Florida Army National Guard in 1997. He then transferred to the U.S. Army Reserve in 2001. He currently splits his time between his civilian life at DWU and his military duties as a Reserve Soldier.
“Destin Water Users has supported my family and I for many, many years, and I have always felt an unwavering amount of respect from everyone here for my service,” Mooso said. “I am proud to work for a company that supports and cares for those who are serving a greater purpose in protecting our citizens and our beautiful country.”
Mooso’s Commanding General, U.S. Army Brigadier General Jami Shawley, came to the DWU facility to present DWU general manager, Lockwood Wernet, with a special token of appreciation for their dedicated support of Mooso and the country’s military.
“I am honored to accept this token on behalf of our employees,” Wernet said. “I am thankful that we live in the land of the free where our soldiers have the choice to, not only represent the Army Reserve, but Destin Water Users as well.”
Shawley also took the time to express her gratitude to Mooso, who she calls the “rock and backbone of the organization,” as well as the DWU employees who were willing to cover his work during his absence.
“Not only are you all ensuring your organization is running effectively when you’re down a team member, but you are also making sure the military is running effectively when we need a soldier on duty,” Shawley said. “So, personally and from all of us in the U.S. Army Reserve, thank you.”
Photo Caption: U.S. Army Brigadier General Jami Shawley presenting the token of appreciation to Destin Water Users general manager, Lockwood Wernet, and president of Destin Water Users Board of Directors, Tom Weidenhamer