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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.

Evan Parvis

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 Evan Parvis, a sub-contracts administrator, in our Intelligence and Security sector. Evan, like many U.S. Marines, is a model of determination who exemplifies professional pride, integrity and teamwork. It’s no doubt these characteristics enabled him to achieve the rare honor, of becoming a Reconnaissance Marine.

What are you most proud of from your experience in the military? 

Earning the title of being a Reconnaissance Marine has been the greatest achievement of my life.  It took great strength, both mentally and physically, in becoming one of approximately 800 active-duty Recon Marines.  On top of all the specialized schooling a Reconnaissance Marine goes through, I completed three combat tours in Iraq that include the Invasion, Fallujah (part 1), and Operation Steel Curtain. These experiences have taught me priceless life lessons. Every day, I seek to live out the principles I stand for: honor, perseverance, courage, creativity, and heart.

What made you decide to work to BAE Systems?

Before coming to BAE Systems, I was finishing up my undergrad and working part-time as a Subject Matter Expert for a small business that specialized in training operatives in close quarter combat, and small arms tactics. At this time in my life I kept thinking of the military saying “Complacency Kills”, and I came to the conclusion that I needed to expand my personal and profession goals. Knowing that BAE Systems was a big player in the defense industry, I applied for an opening and I was fortunate enough to get an offer. I go to work each day seeking to exceed expectations and finding inspiration in new challenges. It’s also incredibly important to know that my job allows me to serve and support my beloved country, while achieving my personal career goals.

What motivates and inspires you every day?

I’m inspired by the people I work for, and the people I work alongside. I’m a firm believer that “a team is only as strong as its weakest person.”  It takes a team to achieve great things, and I see BAE Systems willing to overcome all obstacles, both large and small, to build an unbreakable team. I’m very proud of what we accomplish, and what my future has in store for me.

How do you celebrate National Military Appreciation Month?

I celebrate by remembering those who were never above me, never below me, and always besides me.

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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 4-10), Victory in Europe Day (May 8), Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 9), Armed Forces Day (May 17), and Memorial Day (May 26).

For additional information about National Military Appreciation Month, visit www.nmam.org.

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