Reserve Officers Association Nathan Hale Awards go to Johnson & Johnson and Huntington Ingalls Industries
CEOs to be recognized for serving the nation’s Reserve Components at the Reserve Officers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 16, 2015
Washington, D.C. – The Reserve Officers Association (ROA) honored Johnson & Johnson and Huntington Ingalls Industries for their support of our nation’s Reserve Components and veterans at its annual STARS Foundation Gala March 17.
Johnson & Johnson will be recognized for their history of valuing veterans’ leadership and for serving the needs of veterans through innovative research and wellness programs. “Being a part of helping support our veterans through this great program is another of the ways we meet the responsibilities defined in Our Credo at Johnson & Johnson. This simple document guides our decisions and actions by describing the responsibilities we have to the doctors, nurses and patients … the mothers and fathers … and all who use our products. It defines our responsibility to our employees … and to the communities in which we live and work. As a veteran … I take great personal pride in this part of fulfilling those responsibilities,” said Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson CEO and chairman of the board, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Huntington Ingalls Industries was recognized for their leadership and commitment to supporting Reservists and veteran employment opportunities. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all the Reservists at Huntington Ingalls Industries,” said Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls, and a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve. “At HII, we are proud that more than 17 percent of our workforce is made up of veterans, many of whom are either active or retired reservists. We are a stronger company because of their dedication and service to our Nation.”
In recognition of the passage of the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014, Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) will be honored with the Twice the Citizen award. Senator Donnelly, a member of the Senate Armed Serves Committee, championed the Jacob Sexton Military Suicide Prevention Act of 2014, signed by the President in December. The law will help reduce the suicide rate among Reservists, as it requires an annual mental health assessment for all service members. “The Reserve Components are an essential part of our country’s military, and our nation is safer because of them. I am honored to be recognized by the Reserve Officers Association and thank the ROA for its tireless advocacy on behalf of service members,” said Donnelly.
For more than 90 years, the Reserve Officers Association has been the only organization dedicated to supporting Reservists and their critical role in national defense. ROA serves Reservists through its policy advocacy work, Law Center and professional development services.
The ROA Stars Foundation is a membership organization of patriotic individuals and corporations Standing Together for America’s Reservists. The Foundation supports ROA’s work through philanthropy, professional military awards, educational forums, legal information, and scholarship, and tools for family readiness. Additional information on ROA is available at ROA.org
Media Contact for ROA and STARs: Jeffrey E. Phillips, (202) 646-7701; firstname.lastname@example.org