Military veterans play a critical role at Safran USA

May 22, 2015

This Memorial Day, Safran USA is recognizing current and former military members' and their sacrifices for the country, as well as highlighting how their experience, training, and skills are applied in today's workplace.

Safran has long been a partner with the U.S. military, supplying advanced products and solutions to help soldiers complete their missions safely and return home to their family and friends. These technologies include aircraft engines and cockpit displays for helicopter crewmen, optronics for soldiers with boots on the ground, inertial navigation systems for surface vessels, and more.

Developing these technologies for use by the military however, is only one aspect of Safran's relationship with the armed forces. Once military members return home, Safran understands that many of those who used Safran technologies or similar platforms in the service have a unique skill set that can be applied to a career at any of its companies.

A significant contribution to Safran USA's workforce

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"Hiring veterans is a conscious decision made by Safran USA companies because of their experience with advanced technologies and the skill set they bring to the job," said Peter Lengyel, CEO of Safran USA and 25-year Navy veteran. "In fact, veterans make up a large portion of the workforce at many of our subsidiary companies across the United States."

"It's important for businesses to hire U.S. military veterans," said Michael Murphy, who served four years with the U.S. Navy and now works for Messier-Buggatti-Dowty in Walton, Kentucky. "Hiring members of the U.S. armed forces is a way for businesses to support the services of those individuals who joined the military and put the skills they learned to use."

Because many of the staff at Safran are veterans, companies have made former service men and women feel welcomed as employees. Doug DuPont, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army has been at Turbomeca USA for three years and is the Customer Support Manager for the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"There's nothing better than the people you work with, except for the people you come home to," said DuPont, who, as Battalion Command Sergeant Major of the 5th Aviation Battalion, managed a fleet of Bell UH-1H and Airbus Helicopters UH-72A Lakota helicopters powered by Turbomeca engines. "At Turbomeca, much like in the military, we come together to complete a mission and we take great pride in supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection."

Giving back to the veteran community

Beyond the hiring of veterans, Safran USA also is committed to giving back to the veteran community that has already done so much for the country. As one example, Morpho Detection supports nonprofits that benefit veterans, including Angel Flight Northeast, an organization providing free flights to vets, their families and others in need of transportation to obtain medical care.

Similarly, Messier-Bugatti USA fundraises for Honor Flight Tri-State, which provides free flights to veterans of World War II, Korea and those that are 65 years of age or older. One way that Messier-Bugatti employees can donate is to "buy" patriotic ribbon cards in honor of a veteran. 

MorphoTrust also supports Veterans Inc. and Courage Beyond, organizations that help eliminate homelessness among veterans and provides services to those facing post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological wounds of service.

David Glenn Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran who now is a Production Project and Incident Report Coordinator with Messier-Buggatti-Dowty noted: "It is often difficult to translate the job titles you had from the service to those in the civilian world, but the majority of those who have served have the honor, courage and commitment ingrained in them to be astounding individuals."
 

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