Editor’s Note: Memorial Day is a time to remember and reflect. Before heading out for the holiday weekend, the Qualcomm family took some time to do both, honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country and recognizing all service members and their families. We also recognized those currently serving in harm’s way around the globe, including several Qualcomm employees.
For the fifth consecutive year, Qualcomm hosted a Memorial Day ceremony on campus. This year’s ceremony was attended by several service members, including retired U.S. Army Brigadier General James P. Combs, a Vietnam and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran.
After a performance of the national anthem by U.S. Marine Corps veteran Anne Bottema, Qualcomm Incorporated’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and M&A and U.S. Navy veteran Brian Modoff took the stage. Modoff shared some thoughts about his four years in service as a communications technician and recalled family members who also served in the military. He also spoke about Qualcomm’s ties to the military and its long heritage of providing mobile technologies to the U.S. government (CDMA was, in fact, initially a military technology).
Following Modoff, Qualcomm was presented with the Pro Patriot Award, and also recognized as a finalist for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members.
As the event wrapped, Qualcomm employees were able to volunteer with the American Red Cross on our “Support our Armed Forces” onsite project. They helped package “comfort kits” that will be distributed at the Veteran Village of San Diego and local Veteran Affairs (VA) hospitals.
It was a special day, one where we were able to honor our military family – here at Qualcomm and around the world. Our hearts are with those service members that have gone before and those that have lost loved ones and friends. We proudly thank you for your service!