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Pantex honors military at Armed Forces Day celebration

Erhart Will

Pantex honored employees for their military service May 16 with a flag ceremony and luncheon. The annual Armed Forces Day Celebration included the unveiling of the Wall of Heroes, which depicts Pantexans actively serving or who have served in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle. 

There are approximately 900 veterans among the Pantex workforce. Recognized at the event was Pantex Senior Project Manager and U.S. Navy Seabee Capt. David Will, who is just three weeks back from his nine-month deployment in Afghanistan – his third tour of duty in six years.

“I believe we are blessed to have the jobs we have and to do the work we do here at Pantex – to serve our country. It’s a blessing to serve,” said Steve Erhart, NNSA Production Office Manager. “But blessing requires sacrifice….someone, somewhere always sacrifices something so that blessings can occur. It’s selflessness instead of selfishness. Our nation’s service men and women all sacrifice their freedom to ensure ours. Their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom is at the heart of the blessings we all enjoy.”

The Pantex Fire Department Honor Guard conducted the flag-raising ceremony, and the event featured speakers from both the Pantex Site Office and B&W Pantex, including guest speaker retired Navy Capt. and Supply Chain Management Division Manager Mike Tryon.

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Steve Erhart, NNSA Production Office Manager, welcomes home Pantex Senior Project Manager and U.S. Navy Seabee Capt. David Will from his recent tour in Afghanistan at the Pantex Armed Forces Day Celebration May 16.