Heroes of Leidos: Tom
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.
"As a third-grader in the fall of 1969, I remember being in awe as we watched the replay of the first Moon landing. I knew then that I wanted to fly. In addition to the passion of flight, my father — a Marine — was the biggest influence on my decision to join the service. He instilled discipline as well as love of country, noting that we enjoy our freedoms because of the sacrifices of the men and women that wear and have worn the uniform. Earning a 'pilot slot' through the Rutgers AFROTC program allowed me to achieve my boyhood dream of flying; as well as my second goal of world travel. A 23-year Air Force career enabled me to experience many countries and cultures. While these trips were filled with great experiences, they also made me realize what a privilege it was to live in the United States. This left a deeper sense of citizenship, knowing that the values of our great country are worth dying for and the ultimate sacrifice could be yours every morning you zipped up the flight suit and went to work."