Lockheed Martin Employees Show Support For U.S. Armed Forces Through USO Care Package Event
Owego, NY, 10/19/2009 -- More than 150 Lockheed Martin employees and their family members stuffed 10,088 care packages on October 17 for deployed U.S. military personnel as part of the United Service Organizations' Operation USO Care Package program. The care packages will be provided to troops currently serving in and preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.
The Operation USO Care Package program provides special packages - containing materials such as magazines, playing cards, shampoo, CDs, power bars, sunscreen, and other items - to troops away from home. Several of the packages stuffed at this event included handwritten messages from Lockheed Martin employees, expressing their gratitude to the servicemen and servicewomen.
Keith Speidel, vice president of Finance for Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego, commented, "The overwhelming response of our employees at the event was meaningful and heart-warming. We are very proud and supportive of our troops and this is one more way we can let them know that they are always in our thoughts."
"The volunteers of Lockheed Martin Systems Integration - Owego demonstrated what a group of individuals with a common goal - supporting our troops - could accomplish in a short period of time," said Ron Wise, director of Operation USO Care Package. "They were a highly motivated group, and helped provide a touch of home to those who serve our country."
Since February 2004, Lockheed Martin has been a sponsor of the Operation USO Care Package program through "Lockheed Martin Employees Care," an online program accepting donations for care package materials. To date, Lockheed Martin employees have donated more than $1.3 million and stuffed 205,675 care packages.
Operation USO Care Package is the only program of its kind recognized by the White House and the Department of Defense due to the program's strict adherence to security requirements. The USO works closely with the U.S. Department of Defense to distribute care packages where the need is greatest.
The USO lifts the spirits of America's armed forces and their families. They provide a touch of home to troops wherever they serve through centers at airports and military bases around the world, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services tailored to meet the needs of troops and their families. The USO is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people. For more information, please visit www.uso.org.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.