Yank, Duncan Cancer Center honored for employer support of National Guard

July 1, 2011

Ted Yank, Dr. Kent Osborne and Dr. David Steffen acknowledged by representatives of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
Ted Yank, Dr. Kent Osborne and Dr. David Steffen acknowledged by representatives of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

When IT expert Stephen Stremmel left in January 2011 for an eight-month tour of duty in Iraq with the Army National Guard, it was comforting to know his job with the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center would be secure when he returned. A father of five, he has spent the past 25 years in the Army and on multiple occasions had to leave his job at BCM for significant periods of time.

For this outstanding support, Stremmel credits Ted Yank, associate director of administration for the Duncan Cancer Center. Stremmel recently nominated Yank for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)'s "Patriot Award."
Yank was selected as a winner and notified of the award in a surprise ceremony May 26 in the Duncan Cancer Center offices surrounded by his co-workers. Pat Shirling and Bill Cyrus, retired servicemen and ESGR military liaisons, presented Yank with a certificate and award.

"Ted has been very supportive of my Army National Guard duties, especially when I have been called to active duty on short notice, as has happened with less than a month's notice for a seven-month school and a nine-month deployment," said Stremmel in his nomination letter. "Both Ted and my immediate supervisor, Dr. David Steffen, ensure that I am aware that my job is secure and waiting for me when I get back."

Dr. Kent Osborne, director of the Duncan Cancer Center, accepted the "Above & Beyond" award on behalf of the cancer center.

Shirling and Cyrus praised Yank and the Duncan Cancer Center for their continued support of the Army National Guard.