Teeing Up Military Kids for Success: Lockheed Martin Volunteers Help Quicken Loans National Golf Tournament Attendees Build Deployment Kits

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BETHESDA, Md.–When children are faced with a parent’s deployment — or worse, a parent who doesn’t return from deployment — they encounter emotions which may be difficult to express.

Understanding this, volunteers from Lockheed Martin are helping Quicken Loans National spectators at Congressional Country Club — including many military families — assemble hundreds of With You all The Way Deployment Kits for military children this week.

The USO — in partnership with the Trevor Romain Company and the Comfort Crew for Military Kids — uses the With You All the Way program to support children ages 6 to 18 tackling difficult issues unique to growing up in a military family.

The unique kit helps children deal with deployment challenges and even establishes valuable knowledge for the reintegration process.

“This is just a great cause, and it’s so awesome to see kids — a lot of military kids, in fact, but others as well — coming in to pack deployment kits for other kids,” said Laura Stewart of Lockheed Martin. Stewart is one of many Lockheed Martin volunteers staffing the USO deployment kit assembly tent this week at the Quicken Loan National.

The deployment kit is centered around the “With You All the Way! Dealing With Deployment” DVD, which was created as a collaboration between The Comfort Crew and the USO. The Comfort Crew was founded by humorist Trevor Romain, who frequently tours with the USO, sharing life lessons with military children such as how to deal with bullies, facing fears, coping with separation and understanding grief.

“I am a full-on supporter of the USO and what they do for military families,” said Marine Staff Sgt. Tyler Barnes, a military caddy who helped construct a deployment kit Wednesday. “I’ve seen all of the support here at home and downrange. It’s just a great organization and they do a lot of great stuff for the military.”

The deployment kits include:

  • The animated “With You All the Way! Dealing with Deployment” DVD
  • A guided writing journal with prompts, calendar, map, and activities
  • The “With You All The Way! Dealing With Deployment Family Guidebook
  • A set of 10 postcards featuring original artwork by Romain
  • Cuzzie, a plush bear for military kids
  • A pair of imprinted dog tags to share with a deploying parent

The USO Proudly Welcomes Christopher E. Kubasik to our Board of Governors

The USO Board of Governors welcomes its newest member, Lockheed Martin Corporation president and chief operating officer Christopher E. Kubasik.

“What a stellar addition to the USO Board,” said Edward Reilly, Chairman of the USO Board of Governors. “Chris’s leadership at Lockheed Martin and his solid financial and operational background will be especially important as the USO continues to serve the needs of U.S. troops and their families.”

Kubasik, 48, was elected president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corporation effective January 1, 2010. Before his appointment, he served as executive vice president of the corporation’s Electronic Systems Business Area, with$11.6 billion of revenue for 2008 and a portfolio of more than 1,400 programs and customers in 43 nations. He was named as the corporation’s chief financial officer in February 2001. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 1999, Kubasik was with Ernst & Young, LLP, where he was admitted to the partnership in 1996.

Kubasik is Chairman of the Board of Sandia Corporation, which operates the Sandia National Laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy. He also serves on the Association of the United States Army Council of Trustees and the University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees.

He received an Executive Engineering Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 and completed the Systems Acquisition Management Course for Flag Officers at the Defense Acquisition University, Fort Belvoir, in 2004. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1983, graduating magna cum laude.

We’re thrilled to have him serving on our Board of Governors – welcome!