A Perfect Round for Our Military at the Quicken Loans National
The crowds poured in for the 2015 Quicken Loans National Tournament, which concluded Aug. 2. The Lockheed Martin Military Pavilion saw an abundance of action from players and guests alike fom their view on the 15th green.
The tournament started on Wednesday, July 29 when Tiger Woods hit the ceremonial opening tee shot at the Military Hole on 15, with the assistance of local military members, followed later by a military appreciation luncheon hosted at the Lockheed Martin Military Pavilion.
The pavilion was established to honor service members, and throughout the week, the pavilion hosted more than 12,000 guests. Guests were able to enjoy food and beverages with a great view on the 15th green from stadium seating.
“It’s great to see the amount of support that is being given to the military community,” said Joe Healey, the program manager at the Green Beret Foundation, who attended the Military Luncheon on Wednesday.
The weekend was greeted with a visit from Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson on Saturday morning. Hewson started with a visit to the USO Activity Zone where she made care packages for the troops. Throughout the morning, Hewson came to the Lockheed Martin Pavilion to greet and thank the service members. Lastly, Hewson visited the “We Salute Our Heroes” wall where she wrote a message to the troops that read, “We are so grateful for your sacrifice and service! Thank you for all you do for our nation.”
The event would not have been possible without the help of our Lockheed Martin volunteers. There were 145 employees and guests who supported the USO Activity Zone and Military Pavilion from Wednesday to Sunday. There were many guests volunteering from previous years from MST, IS&GS and EO.
“As I was working the military tent, I had the opportunity to talk with some of the 5,000 guests that came in on Saturday. They all had very positive feedback regarding the organization and the benefits that were being offered. Our military guests had a great time,” said Greg Dunn, Lockheed Martin Enterprise Operations employee.
Volunteers were able to meet and greet with service members, and hear stories of their service to our country.
"It was an incredible honor to be able to volunteer my time to the active and retired military men and women and their families. Countless service members expressed their deepest appreciation for the services we provided during the tournament and everyday as a corporation," said Lockheed Martin employee Tamaria Raleigh. "I take pride in the work we do at Lockheed Martin and to hear the gratitude in their voices for all that we do fills my heart with joy, even though the work they do/have done is far more important."
In the USO Activity zone, volunteers and tournament spectators assembled more than 5000 care packages, which will be handed out at USO lounges in local airports to service members on travel. The packages included U.S. pocket flags and a message of thanks on behalf of Lockheed Martin. Employees folded flags at various events earlier this year.
“Thanks for organizing those volunteers and making this such a wonderful experience. It is truly an honor to represent the company and to give back to the military personnel,” said employee Mike Blanchard.
Lockheed Martin is committed to serving and supporting the military and its service members through partnerships and volunteer efforts.