Heroes of Leidos: Sonya
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.
"I was born at Minot Air Force Base (my father was an officer). During one of his assignments, we were stationed in Germany. When I was 9, we went to see the Berlin Wall. After leaving, we heard that a man climbed the wall, crossed no man's land, and tried to scale the other wall into West Berlin. He was shot in no man's land. Neither side could agree on who would help, so he was left there and later died. On another trip, we toured Dachau and Auschwitz. These concentration camps horrified me. I became very socially aware. In high school, I decided I wanted to serve my country. I remember thinking, as an African American — with our community's many struggles in America — that while America is not perfect, it is certainly the best thing going. America is worth protecting and, if necessary, worth dying for. I was so proud to walk in my father's footsteps and pay homage to a nation for which there is no other like it."