My grandfather Franklin Widtsoe Checketts flew U.S Air Force cargo planes over the Burmese jungle during World War II. He had many amazing experiences, as you might imagine. My favorite was his encounter with a tiger one night in their jungle camp. He emerged unscathed, at least physically. One of my brothers is also in the Air Force. Another one is in the Navy. They both support our troops from a medical perspective. They enjoy what they do because it provides for their families AND because it provides for our general welfare and security as a nation. I am grateful for them.
I am surrounded by a lot of other military and related personnel because of my job at EMC here in Utah. As you may know, our government and our military depend heavily on Information Technology. As a result, we have a large contingent of people in our EMC Utah office who support our U.S. Federal operations. They have security clearances and supporting infrastructure to help the people that keep our nation running smoothly and safely. Many of these people are civilians, like me. But many others are veterans or reserve forces. The EMC Veterans employee circle in Utah is the largest in the nation. I think this is in large part because we are a patriotic community, but that also comes from the large military and government footprint in Utah.
(In the above photo, I am standing in the center of the back row surrounded by EMC Utah employees.)
Today, when the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) comes to our office to meet with our employees, I will sign the ESGR Statement of Support on behalf of EMC Utah. ESGR has given two of our managers the Patriot Award in the past recognizing all that EMC does to support our veterans. Not only does EMC support veterans by hiring them, we have the veterans-focused employee circle and a host of veteran-specific benefits and programs. Thanks to ESGR and the many other friends and families of our troops and our veterans!