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Honoring Our U.S. Military Veterans

( 11/08/2019 ) Written by: Julie

At Parker LORD, we proudly support military veterans who have served the United States. In honor of Veteran's Day, we're featuring messages from our team members about what being a veteran means to them. Sharing their words is one way we're showing appreciation for the bravery, patriotism, and sacrifices endured not only by veterans and active duty military, but by their family members and loved ones.

Gary Confer, II

Gary Confer, II

Sr. Technician, Quality – Erie, PA
U.S. Marine Corps.
Years of Service: 8

It was my pleasure to serve. It's important to remember: the battles aren't just overseas. There is still a lot to do here at home. A lot of brothers and sisters need our help and we need to keep on giving as long as we still can. LORD has given us the opportunity to do that through VetNet and we should take advantage of it. It means a lot to me to be able to continually do my part here on the home front, helping active duty and fellow veterans.

Gary Confer, II
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Patrick M. Dunn

Transition Support – Erie, PA
U.S. Marine Corps.
Years of Service: 6

For me, being a veteran gives me satisfaction and pride in knowing I contributed to keeping our great nation safe and protected. My career in the Marines provided me the tools to be successful in any profession. I have worked at LORD for 42 years, and I commend the company's commitment to support veteran employees. To my fellow veteran brothers and sisters: your service is appreciated.

Patrick M. Dunn
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Stephen C. Gurga

Work Leader, Product/Silicone – Erie, PA
U.S. Navy
Years of Service: 4

Being a veteran means pride in country, family, and all I do. Always have pride in your service and yourself, no matter who your commander-in-chief is.

Stephen C. Gurga
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William Hicks

Work Leader, Maintenance – Erie, PA
U.S. Navy
Years of Service: 11

Honor. Respect. Courage. That's what being a veteran means to me.

William Hicks
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Kimball S. Kiser

Quality Inspector – Erie, PA
U.S. Navy Aviation
Years of Service: 6

The military prepared me for professional life by giving me attention to detail. It was an honor to serve our nation.

Kimball S. Kiser
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T. Marzka, center

Tyler Marzka

Silicone Operator – Erie, PA
U.S. Marine Corps.
Years of Service: 4

I am honored to be a part of a select few Americans willing to give it all for each other. The military prepared me for life at LORD by teaching me to take initiative and work as a team to complete a common goal.

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Sean McNulty

Staff Program Manager, A&D Program Management – Cary, NC
U.S. Marine Corps.
Years of Service: 10

Being a veteran means being part of a cause larger than one's self. The Marines made me the leader I am today. I encourage active military and fellow vets to appreciate your service and enjoy your time – you will miss it.

Sean McNulty
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Rai Anne Miller

Technologist, Quality – Cary, NC
U.S. Air Force
Years of Service: 21

The military prepared me for professional life by teaching me the importance of being a team player, personal responsibility, and having trust in coworkers. LORD appreciates all veterans and what we bring to the table. For my fellow veterans, continue to be the outstanding person you. You are always a part of us and you are never alone.

Rai Anne Miller
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Henry Oldach

Manager, Distribution Materials – Saegertown, PA
U.S. Navy
Years of Service: 4

Without the Military I doubt I would be where I am today. It made me realize that though there is stress in the workplace, there are a lot of other things going on in the world – a crisis here is nothing like a crisis in the military and the potential outcome. For fellow vets, it's important to realize that what we are doing in the corporate world is still valuable and that we still are making an impact even if it doesn't feel like it. This was a challenge for me, but talking to other veterans and sharing experiences was valuable.

Henry Oldach
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K. Otteni, right

Kevin J. Otteni

Manager, Regulatory Compliance – Erie, PA
U.S. Army Reserve
Years of Service: 21

Having served is an honor. The perspective I gained from being in the military has helped me adapt to any situation – I am able to remain calm, focus on my objectives, and execute accordingly. LORD and my coworkers were extremely supportive of me while I was on leave for either training or deployment. I never had to worry about my civilian job after returning home from duty. For my fellow veterans, be sure that your voice is heard. Your insights and leadership are valuable.

Kevin J. Otteni
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Christine Pardee (Stibor)

Silicone Group Operator – Erie, PA
U.S. Navy
Years of Service: 4

Being a veteran means fellowship. To my fellow vets, always have the six, wherever you are.

Christine Pardee (Stibor)
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Steve Pattison

Director, Operations & Supply Chain – Cary, NC
U.S. Navy
Years of Service: 6

I am honored to have served my country and blessed to have been trained as a machinist – both very formative in getting my career started. Through the military, I learned a skilled trade as a foundation, was given room to excel, and was trained as a leader. Life aboard a nuclear sub was a perpetual lesson in teamwork.

Steve Pattison
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Robert B. Powell

Silicone Group Operator – Erie, P
U.S. Navy – C.B. Combat Warfare Specialist
Years of Service: 23

It's an honor to have served. The military prepared me in many ways for my career through learning about teamwork and the importance of trust in your team. LORD has allowed me to serve my country without having to worry about my civilian job after returning home from combat.

Robert B. Powell
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Daniel Schimmel

Technologist, Engineering Lab – Erie, PA
U.S. Air Force
B-52 Bombing and Navigation Specialist, 416th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, 416th Bomb Wing, Griffiss AFB, NY
Years of Service: 9

I have a lot of pride in serving my country. LORD has supported me as a veteran by providing recognition and comradery. The emphasis on self-improvement has opened many doors for me.

Daniel Schimmel
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Jerome Sobrowski

Transition Support, Quality Services – Erie, PA
U.S. Navy
Years of Service: 4

I am proud of my service and thankful for the service of all veterans as well as those currently on active duty. The time era during which I served was not always friendly to people in the military, but all that has changed. It is very encouraging to see the recognition that veterans now receive, as well as the support extended to those on active duty. I appreciate that LORD has always been supportive of veterans through policies and how we are recognized.

Jerome Sobrowski
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D. Steenrod, front middle left

Diane Steenrod

Staff IS Specialist, Global Order Fulfillment – Cary, NC
U.S. Army Reserve
Years of Service: 22

I am honored to have served, and I feel a continuing responsibility to serve my community. I learned so much about leadership, teamwork, and perseverance. All of those traits serve me in all aspects of my job at LORD.

Diane Steenrod
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G. Williams, right

Gregory A. Williams, Sr.

Technologist, Research Mechanical – Cary, NC
U.S. Navy
Years of Service: 13

Being a veteran makes me feel that I am truly a citizen. By serving this country, I have a right to voice my opinions and campaign to make it better. Almost all of the professional skills I possess came from military training.

Gregory A. Williams, Sr.
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Darryl Whichard

Lab Coordinator, Chemical – Cary, NC
U.S. Navy – served almost seven years in the Fleet Marine Force
Years of Service: 21

To me, being a veteran means understanding the words 'sacrifice' and 'duty.' Being a veteran means leading by example and has prepared me for professional life at LORD by knowing the importance of getting the job done the best that it can be done … paying attention to the details and always having a back-up plan.

Darryl Whichard
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As a global organization, we value the skills transitioning military members bring to the workforce and are committed to helping find opportunities for vets to join our ranks.

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