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 our service members this month. Today, we are profiling Eric Baugh, West Coast Manager of Facilities, within our Intelligence and Security sector. Baugh builds secure facilities for the Intel Community, and provides innovative workspace solutions to support the needs of our company’s talented engineers.
- As a veteran yourself, we thank you for your service. Can you share a bit about your military career?
I served in the U.S. Army with “B” Co 2/ 75th Rangers at Ft. Lewis, and later with 2 Bn 5th Group Special Forces based out of Ft. Bragg.
- Upon leaving the military, why did you choose to come to work at BAE Systems?
I chose to join BAE Systems because I realized the company was involved in much of the work that is most needed for our troops. This is the most ethical company I have ever worked for and that is important to many people with military backgrounds.
- How does it feel to know your work is continuing to support our troops, and their mission?
This is the reason I come to work every day. I have never stopped giving back to the men and women of our armed services because it is my passion.
- How do you plan to Remember, Honor and Support the military in May for National Military Appreciation Month?
My wife, Anne, and I donated money and a week at our cabin this summer to the Special Operations Warriors Foundation (SOWF). We also partnered with another BAE Systems couple, Norma and Kelly Gunning, to sponsor two U.S. Navy SEALs to play in the SOWF golf tournament on May 3. This marks this tenth year my wife and I have sponsored U.S. Navy SEALs to participate in this event.
- If you could send one message to every military member, what would it be?
Thank you for your service! You are in my heart every day.
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.