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Retired Hattiesburg Army general honored for support of Guard and Reserve

Retired Maj. Gen. Larry Harrington (left) receives his nomination for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from retired Brig. Gen. Richard G. "Dick" Simmons Saturday. Retired Maj. Gen. Larry Harrington (left) receives his nomination for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award from retired Brig. Gen. Richard G. "Dick" Simmons Saturday.
LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

A former Army general and businessman from Hattiesburg has been recognized for his strong support of the National Guard and Reserve. 

Retired Maj. Gen. Larry Harrington was a nominee this year for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.   

Harrington received his award certificate at an annual Fourth of July celebration at Canebrake Saturday. 

Harrington spent 32 years in the Army and now co-owns ICS Serka, LLC, which is a company that does contract work for the government.

One of his employees, who is a member of the Army Reserve, nominated him for the award.  

"I think quite frankly, it's a duty I have as an employer to support our military members and do everything we can to ensure their transition from wearing the uniform back to civilian clothes and those sort of things to go smoother," Harrington said.

"It's nice as an Army citizen soldier to have an employer who compliments you and understands a lot of things that you go through with being away from home from your day-to-day job and I wanted to show that appreciation for (Harrington)," said Chris Shaidnagle, manager of contracts and controls for ICS Serka, LLC.

Shaidnagle is also a staff sergeant in the Army Reserve. 

Harrington retired from the Army five years ago as the assistant adjutant general for Mississippi.   

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