For Kenneth Thompson there is no better way to give back and to serve those who protect us, than by volunteering.
Kenneth Thompson – a U.S. Navy veteran and pipe labor estimator at BAE Systems’ San Diego Ship Repair – has seen firsthand how charitable organizations make a positive impact on families in need, as growing up, his own family received support from charities. Years later, after he and his three brothers served in the military, Kenneth has found a way to not only give back to the organizations that supported his family growing up, but to also give back to the military community, which he calls his family; and that is through volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for their Veteran Builds initiative.
Do you have a personal connection to the military?
I have many personal connections to the military. Not only am I a veteran, but I have family and friends who serve/have served. I live in San Diego, which is a military city, and work for BAE Systems, a company that supports the military. Lastly, I volunteer in the military community, which makes me feel very connected – we are all family.
How did you get involved with the charitable organization and how do you support them?
I got involved with Habitat for Humanity through my church years ago. When I came to BAE Systems years later I was able to get involved again as the company teams up with Habitat for Humanity on several initiatives, including the Veteran Builds initiative.
I wanted to get involved in volunteering because growing up, charitable organizations assisted my mother. I saw the impact these organizations have on the lives of people who need support, and found that there is no better way to give back to the organizations that helped my family when I was young, and to serve those who protect us, than by volunteering.
What’s your most memorable experience volunteering for the charitable organization?
Just a couple of weeks ago my family and I volunteered with the San Diego Ship Repair team and Habitat for Humanity. We had the honor of serving Ray Chavez and his daughter Kathleen. Ray is 105 years old and the oldest surviving Pearl Harbor Veteran, while Kathleen was the first female Naval jet mechanic. Being able to help a family that has given so much to this country through military service was the least my family and I could do.
What advice would you give someone who is looking to volunteer and give back to the military community?
There are not enough hours in a day to give back to the community that has paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy daily. If you have the opportunity to volunteer in the military community please do so; it will be a rewarding experience and you will not regret it.
What would you like to say to those who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. military?
Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Because of your commitment, we are able to enjoy the greatest freedom on this earth. God bless you and God bless America.
What does Kenneth do for BAE Systems?
When BAE Systems is looking to bidding on new customer contracts, one of the biggest factors is cost. Kenneth and the Estimating department, estimate production and support labor costs. This involves analyzing specifications, references, drawings, and calculations of production costs using labor standards and historical performances.