C R England added four new drivers to its Honored Veterans Fleet and recognized Colonel Rayfel “Ray” Bachiller USMC (Ret) as the third recipient of the C R England Honored Veteran Award. The recognition ceremony occurred at C R England’s corporate offices in Salt Lake City UT recently.
Since 2014, C R England has recognized drivers with military service backgrounds and exemplary safety records in its Honored Veterans Fleet. Today, 26 military veterans comprise the firm’s Honored Veterans Fleet. The newest members are:
•Corey Reed —He served in the US Army for 11 years and was stationed both stateside and throughout Europe. He was part of many missions, such as Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Kosovo, Operation Mountain Shield, Support Hope and Iraqi Freedom. Reed began driving for C R England five years ago but previously spent 11 years as an independent contractor and trainer. He is a team driver in the Dedicated JC Penney fleet. Originally from Arizona, Reed now lives in Price UT.
•Jeff Brooks—A team driver with Corey Reed on the JC Penney Dedicated fleet, Brooks served in the US Marine Corps for four years as a heavy machine gunner and spent time stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego CA. Brooks attended an automotive and computer tech college and became a mechanic. He then decided to get his commercial driver license and has been driving for 18 years, joining C R England in 2012. Brooks lives in Spanish Fork UT.
•Arthur Martin—He served in the US Air Force for 20 years as an air freight cargo specialist, as well as a hazmat material trainer at Sheppard AFB in Texas. During his service, he received four medals of commendation and served missions in Spain and Panama. Martin joined C R England in 1995, achieving more than two million safe driving miles. He makes his home in Huntingburg IN.
•Anthony Holland—He served for two years in the US Army as a carpenter masonry specialist and a combat engineer, stationed in Fort Hood and in Germany. Holland joined C R England in 2017 and drives in the company’s Texas Regional fleet. Holland is from Cleburne TX.
After the recognition of the new members of the Honored Veterans Fleet, C R England Chairman Dan England presented Bachiller with the C R England Honored Veteran Award. Bachiller follows two previous recipients of this annual award: Col Gail Halvorsen (USAF Retired), also known as “The Candy Bomber” (2016); and Brigadier General Christine Burckle, the first woman to serve as commander of the Utah Air National Guard (2017).
Bachiller grew up in Washington DC, one of two children born to Filipino immigrants. As a Navy ROTC student at the University of Southern California, he joined the US Marine Corps. During his 32-year tenure with the Marines, assignments took him to 146 nations. He served in various capacities of leadership, including as an aide to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as a military security representative and consultant for the Salt Lake City, Athens and Torino Olympics, and as a senior military advisor to the minister of defense of the Iraqi government.
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