Heroes of Leidos: Julie
Roughly one in every five Leidos employees is a veteran. Their stories are meant to honor our Heroes and celebrate the commitment each of them made to serve at the highest level. Meet the Heroes of Leidos.
My son was nine months old when I learned he had to go stateside due to the evacuation. I served most of my enlistment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the early '90s. Cuban and Haitian refugees were arriving by the boatload on a daily basis. We started experiencing more and more riots in the Haitian refugee camps. There were growing concerns about the safety of non-military personnel, and the government decided to evacuate all families and civilian workers off the base. My son's father was also active duty military, so I had to find someone stateside who I could trust to care for my son. I received three days to notify my parents, fly with him to Michigan, get him settled in, and then return back to Cuba. As a mom and a service member, leaving my son without knowing when I would see him again was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I knew there was always a risk that I would have to leave him someday. I had a job to do that supported a much bigger cause.