PASCAGOULA, Miss., Oct. 1, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) Shipbuilding employees worked together to raise $2,500 to go to the training detachment that assists the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement home in Gulfport, Miss. The residents are moving into the re-built home on Monday, Oct. 4 for the first time since Hurricane Katrina destroyed the facility on Aug. 29, 2005.
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The fund raising effort was spearheaded by the company's veterans employees resource team (VERT), and the rest of the funds were matched by the Bacot-McCarty Foundation. The donation was made to the Unit Advisory Council 366th Training Squadron Detachment 6. The money will be used for recreation and overall morale initiatives for the residents of the facility.
"Our shipbuilders have big hearts and once again they reached into their pockets to send a strong message of support to the residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home," said Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding vice president Tim Farrell, the executive sponsor for VERT. "One of our company commitments focuses on improving the health, safety and quality of life for our employees. But this also reaches out to our communities and especially to our Gulf Coast veterans."
"The residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home are very excited about returning to the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Sheila Abarr, public affairs officer for the Armed Forces Retirement Home. "This donation by Northrop Grumman to the Sergeants First Class Association for our residents emphasizes the strong tie that active duty personnel have with their comrades that went before them. The AFRH looks forward to partnering with the Gulf Coast communities."
Others donating to the cause include:
- Keesler Air Force Base, Air Force Sergeants Association, Chapter 652
- Keesler Air Force Base, First Sergeants Council
- Keesler Federal Credit Union
- 366 Training Squadron, Detachment 6 Unit Advisory Council
- Al Asad Iraq, Chief Petty Officer Association
- Naval Construction Training Center, Chief Petty Officer Association
- Keesler Air Force Base, 81st Training Group
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