Culture of Giving Back
It’s rare to have an opportunity to hear about the personable side of a company. On a rainy day, I had the chance to speak with Fred Moosally, president of Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems & Sensors (MS2). A shiver ran through my body, courtesy of the dreary day, but as I walked into Moosally’s office, I was instantly warmed by his kindness. Not long into the conversation, my stomach untied its knot, and I was delighted to learn about the culture of giving back.
Fred Moosally has an impressive resume: a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a 24-year career with the U.S. Navy, and currently president of Lockheed Martin MS2. More extraordinary, to me, is his belief of giving back to communities, customers, employees and others. Moosally joined Lockheed Martin MS2 in 1997 and has stayed because of the opportunity to lead.
“I don’t think there is a better job in the world than leading men and women and giving them the opportunity to grow,” Moosally said. “You have to have good people for a successful company, and good people are in high demand.”
As a principal sponsor of the Imagine America Foundation’s LDRSHIP Award since 2004, Lockheed Martin continues to assist servicemembers seeking a career education.
“We saw the scholarship as a way to give back to our servicemembers who have served the country and who are leaders improving themselves through education,” said Moosally. “For us, it just seemed like the right thing to do, a no-brainer.”
Career colleges across America educate thousands of veterans each year. It’s not surprising that the Foundation received 400 applications this past year – double the number of applications in previous years.
Education leads to more opportunities and could determine one’s future. Knowing this, Lockheed Martin works with communities to help educate young people and get them interested in learning, particularly in math and science. Supporting science fairs, offering internships to high schools and sponsoring scholarships … What more does this company do? Each year corporate employees contribute 172,000 hours of volunteer work.
“I think we have the right focus on the people part of our business,” said Moosally.
When asked what his personal motto would be, Moosally said he would have to steal the U.S. Army motto: “Be all you can be, take advantage of all opportunities, and don’t ever give up.”
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