We’re proud every day of the BITS team members who have served our country, but we honor them today especially on Veteran’s Day. We’ve asked each of them to share a few words about their years of service to our country and what it means to them.
Jerry Murphy, Chief Executive Officer
I’m very proud and humbled to have had a small place in the tradition of our outstanding military. I had the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, and it was very gratifying to see how we could all work together, united, for the common purpose of preserving our way of life and making the entire world safer. No calling could be higher than being willing to give your life for the lives of others. We need to remember that this is the ultimate role of our military.
Ryan Patrick, Chief Technology Officer
Little did I know 20 years ago when I headed to boot camp, that a new chapter of my life had begun and would change my life and career like no other event to date.
What would follow for the next 4 years included some of the greatest and worst times of my personal and professional life, as anyone who has served knows, there is no difference when you are serving our country.
The life lessons and leadership skills I developed during those years along with the amazing shipmates and friendships that have been built, shaped me into the person I am today.
Peter Franklin, Project Manager
I have a quote from Abraham Lincoln that I’ve referenced since my time in the Army:
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as best he can, the same cause.”
It was my honor to serve this great country, and its people.
Chris Sharer, Account Manager
“No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” – General George S. Patton Jr.
My time in the Army taught me the meaning of leadership and to appreciate the small things in life, as our basic freedoms, can be taken for granted. When I look back on my career, I realize how much of an impact my military service had: the value of tolerance and equality, to show empathy and compassion, to show courage instead of fear, and most importantly, teamwork.
Thank you – today and every day – to all the veterans who have served!