In the lobby of 1700 Old Meadow Road in McLean, Virginia, you will find a granite wall with a list of 85 names. It is a legacy inherited by Amentum from its DynCorp International (DI) acquisition, and a reminder that DI has lost teammates and partners supporting missions around the world during its 75-year existence.
“Under DI, we were no stranger to sacrifice in the name of freedom and the protection of liberty,” said Mike Warren, Vice President, Employee Assistance Program. “Our teams may not be active duty military, but as part of the “total force” they share the same bravery and honor that calls any man or woman to serve. The names of our fallen are engraved on that wall, which reads: In memory of our friends and colleagues who served with honor and courage to help build a better world, and who gave their lives in that honorable service.”
“I had the incredible honor of representing the survivors of fallen heroes at the unveiling of the DI memorial wall,” shared Carolyn Timmann, surviving wife of Robert Timmann. “The commitment by DynCorp and now Amentum to protect their memories and watch over their families is a meaningful sign of comfort and respect that ensures that their courage, patriotism and final sacrifice will resonate across future generations.”
“DI had a history of employing courageous individuals who served in the U.S. military and the forces of our allies – more than half of DI’s work force were veterans,” added Mike. “Amentum obviously shares that legacy, as we remain well over one-third veteran after more than tripling our employee population.”
“With our equally strong commitment to service, I would like to invite our fellow Amentum teammates, clients, partners, and all their families to join us in observing the upcoming Memorial Day holiday,” said Mike Warren.
On the last Monday each May, the Memorial Day holiday was established to honor the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces. The practice of decorating the resting place of fallen heroes is a tradition older than recorded history, however, the U.S. holiday originated after the American Civil War when veterans established it as a time to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
“People may visit cemeteries, memorials, and other services honoring those who, as President Lincoln described, “gave the last full measure of devotion.” This Monday, I hope you will also join me in celebrating and remembering the lives of our 85 teammates who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom,” said Mike. “I am humbled each time I reflect on these heroes.”