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United Technologies Support of U.S. Armed Forces and Military Families Recognized by USO

December 17, 2013

USO: A Sense of Mission

In an overflowing New York City ballroom packed with some of the most courageous and honorable Americans of this generation — the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces — UTC Chairman & CEO Louis Chênevert was honored on Dec. 11 with the United Service Organization’s (USO) Distinguished Service Award.

UTC Chairman and CEO Louis Chênevert (center left) and Medal of Honor Recipient Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry (center right) pose with UTC employees featured in the Gala video showcasing the pride they take in their work for the military. (L-R) Christopher Lowenstein, Sikorsky; Marilyn Mathis, Pratt & Whitney; Kristin Kopp Vaughan, Pratt & Whitney; Kevin Bredenbeck, Sikorsky.
The New York City Joint Service Color Guard Presents the Colors prior to singing of the National Anthem by the USO Show Troupe at the 52nd Armed Forces Gala & Gold Medal Dinner in New York City on Dec. 11.
Members of The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon executed a series of calculated drill movements and demonstrated precise handling of their hand-polished M1 Rifles with fixed bayonets.
The Gala audience gave a standing ovation to the four Medal of Honor Recipients in attendance at the USO dinner, including Army Sergeant First Class, Leroy Petry (center).
Military Leadership Awards were presented to one individual from each branch of service. Awardees were chosen for demonstrating selfless commitment to our country and for inspiring their fellow soliders, sailors, airmen and/or marines.
The USO Show Troupe performed in honor of all active duty service members, veterans and their families.
UTC Chairman & CEO Louis Chênevert receives the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from (L-R) Brian Whiting, President & CEO, USO of Metropolitan New York; Retired General Richard
UTC Chairman & CEO Louis Chênevert receives the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from (L-R) Brian Whiting, President & CEO, USO of Metropolitan New York; Retired General Richard

For the last 51 years, the USO of Metropolitan New York has hosted an annual gala to celebrate the contributions of civilians and service members that have gone above and beyond in service to the United States and the Armed Forces, and to raise funds that support USO programs and services. In addition to Chênevert, the USO recognized Admiral William H. McRaven, Commander, United States Special Operations Command, United States Navy, with the 2013 Military Distinguished Service Award. Admiral McRaven is best known for his leadership role in preparing and overseeing the May 2, 2011, special operations raid that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.

The USO is a non-government, non-profit organization that offers an array of programs targeted to support active duty military and their families. USO services include support to forward-deployed service members; families of the fallen and wounded troops; as well as helping service members transitioning to civilian life. The USO has a legacy of lifting the spirits of American troops and their families through the work of a limited staff and thousands of volunteers. This year’s gala raised more than $1.7 million to support the continued delivery of those vital services.

Following a powerful and compelling film that showcased the personal stories of several UTC employees and the pride they take in their work for the military, retired Air Force Gen. Richard Myers, former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, and UTC Board member introduced Chênevert.   

“I’m delighted and proud to accept this Award on behalf of United Technologies and our 220,000 employees,” Chênevert said. ”To receive this award, and to be recognized for the role UTC plays in supporting our troops, is very special. At United Technologies, we are proud to have the U.S. Department of Defense as our largest customer. We recognize this is an extraordinary privilege, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support America’s warfighters in their mission. At UTC, we are committed to providing the very best equipment and latest technology to ensure their safety and success in combat.” 

The gala audience of approximately 1,000 active duty, senior military and business leaders also celebrated the service and sacrifice of five Military Leadership Award recipients, one from each branch of the military. The awards recognize the achievements of junior enlisted and junior officers who have shown extraordinary dedication to their country. 

In his final reflections on the incredible evening, Brian Whiting, President & CEO, USO of Metropolitan New York, said, “It was an honor and privilege to present Louis Chênevert with the USO Distinguished Service Award. There could not be a more deserving individual of our appreciation for his commitment and service in support of our brave men and women in uniform.”

Charitable giving and employee engagement in the communities where UTC employees live, work and do business is an important component of the company’s approach to social responsibility. In addition to support for the USO, UTC provides grants and other support to a long list of military and veteran service organizations. Among those groups are the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; the future National Museum of the United States Army; the National Museum of the United States Air Force; the National WWII Museum; Operation Homefront; TAPS; Fisher House; The Wounded Warrior Project; The Air Force Academy Endowment Fund; The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society; The US Navy Memorial Foundation; The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots.