Tampa, FL May 23, 2019
Photo (L-R): General Tony Thomas, US Army, (Ret)., Josie Trimnal, Amy Bocks, Jeff Miller
On Tuesday Evening, May 21, Jeff Miller of L3 Technologies presented a $100,000 donation to Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), accepting on SOWF's behalf is Board Member and 11th Commander of United States Special Operations Command, General Tony Thomas, United States Army, Retired.
"L3 Technologies is pleased to help the Special Operations Warrior Foundation open new doors and create important opportunities for the families of wounded and fallen operators, including long-term educational support for their children," said Jeff Miller, Corporate Senior Vice President and President of L3's ISR Systems Segment. "We share the Foundation's deeply-felt values of duty and honor and are proud to express our gratitude to the families of those who have given so much."
Also in attendance on Tuesday, are two of SOWF's scholarship recipients and college graduates, Amy Bocks and Josie Trimnal.
Amy Duryea Bocks is the daughter of Army SFC John Duryea, 10th Special Forces Group, who lost his life in 1990. Amy graduated from University of Arizona and has a Master of Science in Educational Psychology.
Josie Tuttle Trimnal is the daughter of Army CW3 William Tuttle, a special operations aviator with the 160th SOAR, who lost his life in Panama in 1983, Josie graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences and went on to get a Master of Science in Business.
"SOWF makes a guarantee to every member of special operations, that if something should happen to them, their family will be taken care of," explains General Thomas. "As the commander of USSOCOM I have seen first-hand the comfort this promise makes to men and women in the most dangerous and challenging operations. It is only because of the generosity of companies like L3 Technologies, that we are able to make, and keep, that promise. From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of the families we serve, we thank Jeff and the L3 Technologies team for their support."
With headquarters in New York City and approximately 31,000 employees worldwide, L3 develops advanced defense technologies and commercial solutions in pilot training, aviation security, night vision and EO/IR, weapons, maritime systems and space. The company reported 2018 sales of $10.2 billion.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation was started in 1980 with a battlefield promise to provide college educations for the 17 children left behind by the eight men killed during the daring attempt to rescue the American hostages being held in Iran. Today, Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary education, as well as tutoring and educational counseling, to all children of special operations service members who lose their lives in the line of duty. SOWF also provides immediate financial assistance to all severely wounded and hospitalized special operations service members.
For more information about Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.specialops.org
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