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 Duncan Greene, Vice President of Defense Operations & Analysis, within our Intelligence and Security Sector’s Global Intelligence & Operations Link to (Id:1429027246849;Type:BAEDetailPageCnt_C) business. Greene, a veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, currently oversees a diverse BAE Systems workforce that provides a wide-spectrum of support to our Nation’s service members.
- As a veteran yourself, we thank you for your service. Can you share a bit about your military career?
I grew up in a family that had a deep commitment to serving and protecting our Nation. My father and uncles were all in the military and I followed in their footsteps joining the U.S. Marine Corps. I was in a Marine Recon unit back in the late 80’s and early 90’s and had the opportunity to serve in the first Gulf War.
- Upon leaving the military, why did you choose to come to work at BAE Systems?
After leaving the Marine Corps, I worked at a national-level Intelligence Agency. This was the first time I had the opportunity to work along-side BAE Systems employees. This is where I first became aware of the commitment that this company has to its customers and the military.
I was also impressed to learn that a large percentage of the company’s leadership and workforce are former military. There are distinct differences between the military and the private sector, but the traditions and commitments are very similar, so most folks transition well and flourish in the BAE Systems environment.
- How does it feel to know your work is continuing to support our troops?
There is a real sense of satisfaction and personal pride that comes from knowing that my entire workforce either directly or indirectly supports the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. We have analysts that are imbedded in units providing direct support to the war fighter, as well as analysts that provide strategic analysis that indirectly supports the military and its operations.
- What does National Military Appreciation Month mean to you?
As Americans, we have no greater responsibility than the one to honor our Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard, Airmen and their families. They each make tremendous sacrifices and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.
- If you could send one message to every military member, what would it be?
I want to thank you personally for your service and for your commitment to this great Nation.
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.