Patriotism is definitely the driving force behind Lynn Herron’s career.
Since 1985, Lynn has worked at HSAAP. Before that, both of Lynn’s parents worked at the plant during World War II. When he wasn’t chosen for the draft during the Vietnam War, Lynn sought out a place where he could serve his country. He looked to HSAAP, where he knew he could both support his family as well as start a mission-driven career.
“I wanted that job at Holston so badly because I had a young family at that time. As my children began to grow up, simple things like paid holidays were benefits I didn’t have. I didn’t even have insurance. That was initially the main reason I wanted to go to work for Holston, where I knew I would get the necessary support to provide for my family.”
Today, Lynn works with the modernization group, updating current operations to better support warfighters as well as BAE Systems employees. He finds pride in continuing the work that his parents started years before him and updating the plant so it will be there for decades after him.
When speaking about his mission at HSAAP, Lynn reflects on feeling like the warfighters he’s proud to support are right there with him every day.
“My job at Holston is to ensure that we continue to do quality work and make good product. Those efforts allow us to take care of our men and women in uniform. When I’m working, I feel that they might be right here with us. I feel responsible to make sure that our work continues, for them and their service.”
Growing up as a deeply patriotic person, nothing makes Lynn prouder than the ability to work for BAE Systems and support HSAAP’s mission.
“We are supporting freedom, and I am so proud of that. Patriotism is a feeling that’s hard to describe. It’s when the jets fly over at the Fourth of July parade, and you get chills on your arms and tears in your eyes. What we do at BAE Systems makes me feel like that. I have nothing but positive things to say about my 37 years at the Holston Army Ammunition Plant.”
Like many team members at Holston, Lynn’s hope for his legacy is to leave HSAAP better than he found it. For new employees coming to HSAAP, Lynn wants to emphasize the true importance of the work they will be doing. He encourages those just beginning their career to embrace all opportunities.
“All they've got to do is step forward and say, ‘I'll take that opportunity. I'll do it!’ Do the things that nobody else wants to do. Before you know it, you're the go-to guy, and you have a successful, purposeful career you can truly be proud of.”