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 employee veterans, as they share how they plan to Remember, Honor, and Support their fellow service members this month. Today, we are profiling Albert McCoy, a Senior Facilities Engineer, within our Intelligence and Security sector. McCoy is a former U.S. Marine with strong ties to the military. His brother served in the U.S. Army, while his brother-in-law served in the U.S. Air Force. Today, McCoy continues to support the military’s mission through his day-to-day work.
- How does it feel to know your work is continuing to support our troops today?
I am inspired each day just knowing that I am helping to support the BAE Systems engineers who are working on solutions to protect our troops and enhance our national security. It’s truly a blessing to know that I’m still contributing to help the men and women on the frontlines that are defending our freedoms.
- What does National Military Appreciation Month mean to you?
For me, this is a time to look back and remember how I was able to contribute while enlisted. It’s also interesting to think about how I’m still contributing to support the mission now -- many years later.
- How do you plan to Remember, Honor or Support the military this month?
I will offer my “Support” through prayer, “Honor” them with respect, and “Remember” them by assisting in any way I can.
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.