Lockheed Martin Employees Show Support for USO Care Package Event
Bethesda, MD, 13-OCT-06 -- Over 180 Lockheed Martin employees along with families and friends from the Washington Metropolitan Area gathered at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, on Saturday, October 7 and stuffed 15,000 Care Packages for deployed U.S. military troops.
As part of the United Services Organization’s Operation USO Care Package program, Care Packages containing items which give a touch of home -- such as a supportive message from a fellow American, magazines, playing cards, shampoo, CDs, power bars, sunscreen, and other items -- have been approved by the Department of Defense to send to deployed troops through the Operation USO Care Package program.
Bob Coutts, Lockheed Martin executive vice president, who served as the executive sponsor of the event, commented, The overwhelming response of attendees at our stuffing party was meaningful and heart-warming. We are very supportive of our troops and this is one more way we can let them know we care and that they are in our thoughts. We’ve heard comments from returning deployed military that these Care Packages are a connection to them from home.
The company has been a continuing sponsor of the Operation USO Care Package program since February 2004. Since that time, more than 94,000 Care packages have been stuffed by Lockheed Martin employees and their families and friends at Care Package stuffing parties held at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
More than 220 Lockheed Martin employees are currently on active duty in the U.S. National Guard and Reserves.