I was very honored a few weeks ago when a representative of The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve stopped by to present me with their “patriotic employer” award. One of our automotive instructors, Sgt. Dave Sarna, had made the nomination for this award.
Then I recalled how touching it was earlier in the summer when Sgt. Sarna delivered his orders to me indicating that he was being called up to serve his third tour of duty in the Middle East…this time leading a unit to clear roadside bombs in Afghanistan. I was being thanked for supporting an employee to serve in the military and all I could think about was the incredible sacrifice that Sgt. Sarna and all his comrades were making on our behalf.
I was so pleased to see our Foundation create a new scholarship fund this year—the LZ Scholarship Fund. Since we have become the “landing zone” for many returning veterans, it’s quite fitting, and a way that we can provide additional support for our veteran students.
At our Staff In-service last Friday, I had the pleasure of announcing this new fund. Here’s a brief video clip of Sgt. Sarna and one of our graduates, Specialist Yaeger, delivering a brief message to our faculty and staff from their training location. I certainly wish these brave men, and all with whom they serve, the very best in the months ahead.