Celebrating M&D employees during Military Appreciation Month
The month of May is often associated with warmer weather, basketball and hockey playoffs, the end of another school year, and the unofficial beginning of summer.
But May is also symbolic of something else, and something far more meaningful. That’s because May is designated as National Military Appreciation Month to recognize and honor all U.S. service members. Not only do we pause on Memorial Day to remember the sacrifice and service of those who gave all, but the month also holds several other military anniversaries and events, including Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Armed Forces Day.
Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the chance to publicly show their appreciation for troops past and present. It is a time to remind Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.
Pharmaceutical distributor Morris & Dickson is celebrating Military Appreciation Month with gratitude to active-duty personnel, and by spotlighting veterans within the company.
“Morris & Dickson proudly thanks the service and sacrifice of members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard, as well as the contribution of their spouses,” says Jody Hatcher, CEO of Morris & Dickson. “And we particularly thank our employees who have served in the military before joining the M&D family.”
Master Sergeant David Austin served in the military for 20 years with the U.S. Air Force. David has now been with M&D for 25 years and works in Ordering Systems Support.
Staff Sergeant John David Henry III was stationed in Korea during his eight years of service in the U.S. Army. Following basic training, John was promoted to Combat Medic Specialist and Multichannel and Digital Communications Systems Operator before becoming a Staff Sergeant (E-6). Today he is an Operations Manager, with 25 years at M&D.
Senior Airman Miles Iverson served nearly five years in the U.S. Air Force. He began his military career as a 3POX1, Security Forces before being promoted to Senior Airman (E-4). Miles is now a Fed-Ex Shipment Processor and Floater who has been with M&D for an impressive 17 years.
Sergeant Stephen Regan Smith served four years of service at Luke AFB in Phoenix and Ubon, Thailand, with the U.S. Air Force. Before rising to Sergeant, he was a Weapon Control Systems Mechanic specializing in radar collaboration where he gained the reputation as being the best in Southeast Asia. Steve is now an IT Tech with M&D and has been with the company for 31 years.
Staff Sergeant Dean Logan served in the U.S. Army’s 6th Infantry for four years. His military career began at Fort Ord in California where he was an Infantry Combat Engineer. Today, he is in Business Development for independent retail pharmacies and has been an exceptional employee with M&D for 11 years.
Staff Sergeant Scott Irelan served in the U.S. Army for 16 years, including deployment during Desert Storm. Scott is now Director of Compliance for M&D and has been with the company 34 years.
There are roughly 19 million Americans, or about 8% of the adult population, who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, there are about 1.4 million active-duty military personnel among all branches. During Military Appreciation Month, Morris & Dickson thanks each of them and their families for what they have meant to our personal freedoms, and for making America such a great nation.
With over 30,000 SKUs, Morris & Dickson’s singular focus is the reliable, next-day delivery of drugs and related products to health systems, independent pharmacies, specialty pharmacies, and alternative care facilities across 19 states (and counting).