The President of the United States has proclaimed May as National Military Appreciation Month to remind us all of the important sacrifices the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces have made to defend our nation’s freedom. That includes all branches of the services, the National Guard and Reserves, plus retirees, veterans, and all of their families – well over 90 million Americans who have sacrificed to safeguard our nation for more than 230 years.
At BAE Systems, National Military Appreciation Month has special meaning, as many of our employees are veterans who joined us after serving. Several are reservists who remain ready to answer the call to return to duty. Many of these vets continue to support the military’s daily operations as contractors. Throughout the month of May, we will be highlighting the stories of individual BAE Systems veteran employees, as they share how they plan to Remember, Honor, and Support their fellow service members this month. Today, we are profiling Jim Stockmoe, Director of Defense Intelligence Strategic Growth, within our Intelligence and Security Sector’s Global Intelligence & Operations Link To (Id:1429027246849;Type:BAEDetailPageCnt_C) business. Stockmoe, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, served 26 years in the U.S. Army, carrying on a long-standing family commitment of service to his country. Stockmoe’s two brothers, and all four of his uncles served in the military. His father retired from the U.S. Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, and his step-mother retired as a Navy Commander, after 26 years of service. Today, Stockmoe continues to support the mission, by providing affordable, necessary and relevant solutions to address the military and Intelligence Community’s most vexing intelligence challenges.
- When you served in the military, were you familiar with BAE Systems support for the war fighter?
I have served in three conflicts. In Desert Storm, we had BAE Systems produced Bradley vehicles in my Brigade – 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. We also used BAE Systems-made ammunition, and many other BAE Systems products. They all performed exceptionally well.
- As a veteran, why did you choose to come to work at BAE Systems?
I am particularly energized by the dedication and patriotism of my BAE Systems peers and the employees. It is a values-based organization that values its employees. Trusted, innovative and bold are not just platitudes, but reflected in the employees and their dedication to our mission and the nation’s defense.
- How does it feel to know your work is continuing to support our troops?
We are shaping the military’s ability to gain intelligence advantages over our adversaries, as well as train and operate virtually, reducing costs, gaining efficiencies, and ultimately improving their effectiveness. So, I take great pride in my work every day.
- What does National Military Appreciation Month mean to you?
Every month is military appreciation month to me. That said, it sends a great message to our workforce that we are not just contractors, but we have skin in the game. We all have friends, or know someone, who is deployed overseas, or who’s supporting other critical missions stateside. It is an important time to reflect a bit, honor the fallen and wounded, and salute those that are serving.
- If you could send one message to every military member, what would it be?
We’re here, we’re behind you, and we will never forget your sacrifices.
National Military Appreciation Month of May recognizes all military personnel who have served throughout our history, and those who are now serving in uniform. The month includes a number of special days, to include: Loyalty Day (May 1), Public Service Recognition Week (May 5-10), Victory in Europe Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10), Armed Forces Day (May 18), and Memorial Day (May 27).
For additional information about National Military Appreciation Month, visit www.nmam.org.