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A Salute to Service: Honoring Catalyst Corporate’s Veterans

by Catalyst Corporate | Nov 10, 2020

In the words of President John F. Kennedy, "Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.” This sentiment is truly fitting for all those – past and present – who fearlessly defend our great nation in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Such sacrifice can never be repaid, nor shall it be forgotten, which is why Veterans Day represents more than just a holiday celebration or an extra day off work. At its very core, this day of recognition symbolizes the honor, valor and selflessness of countless service men and women.

Veterans Day, originally known as “Armistice Day,” has a long-standing place in U.S. history, dating back to November 11, 1919. This significant date commemorated the first anniversary of the end of World War I and the soldiers who fought in it.

Over the last 100 years, it has become synonymous with the valiant efforts of millions of U.S. military veterans, including several of Catalyst Corporate’s own team members.

In honor of Veterans Day, we would like to recognize these colleagues by sharing a few words on their experiences in the service. Each has a unique and inspiring story, and the road that led each of them to Catalyst Corporate was different.  

Former Marine Corps radio operator Cameron NixFor Cameron Nix, a former radio operator in the United States Marine Corps, his motivation for enlisting in the military was self-driven.

“I wanted to prove to myself that I could overcome any obstacle laid before me. I chose the Marine Corps, because they are touted as the smallest branch of the military, with the hardest training to complete. I wanted to challenge myself in a way that no one who knew me at the time would have expected,” said Nix.

He says lessons of comradery and perseverance are forever instilled in him. “For me, it wasn’t just about the physical skills I gained, it was much more than that. I learned important traits like motivation, patience, loyalty and self-discipline. And I still try to apply them in everything I do.”

Nix now works in the office services department at Catalyst Corporate, coordinating the organization’s facility requests and maintaining efficient internal operations.

Former military policeman Jeff AsheJeff Ashe, when asked about his time as a military police officer in the Marine Corps, said it taught him ownership and responsibility. “I had to make life-impacting decisions on many occasions, which taught me how to deal with stress and pressure.”

Ultimately, he sums up the value of his military experience in three simple words: “honor, commitment and purpose.”

Ashe was later promoted to watch commander and eventually served in the criminal investigation division before retiring from the Marine Corps in 1994. Now, as Catalyst Corporate’s IT Security Compliance Officer, he helps ensure conformity with external regulatory and legal requirements, as well as internal policies and bylaws.  

Former Marine Corps Corporal Chris LunaFrom Panama to South Korea, Chris Luna’s role as a Marine Corps Corporal took him all over the world. Luna credits these experiences with opening his eyes to the importance of our nation’s civil liberties – like voting – and what it truly means to serve his country.

“Nothing is more precious than personal freedom: freedom of speech, democracy and the opportunity to love one another – and there is no greater feeling than knowing my contributions helped ensure those things for the next generation of Americans,” he said. 

Luna’s career outside the military led him to the Catalyst Corporate IT department, where he is a Senior .Net Developer for the TranzCapture services division.

Facilities Security Administrator Jerry Hinton is also among the Catalyst Corporate staff members who served in the military. A Vietnam veteran, Hinton received the Airman’s Medal for Valor during his time in the U.S. Air Force. And Scott Fletcher, prior to his role as Catalyst Corporate’s Facilities Maintenance Technician, spent almost 22 years in the submarine service of the U.S. Navy.

Together, these words represent the voices of many. For this Veterans Day, Catalyst Corporate veterans offered a few messages for their fellow comrades who have served around the world:
Catalyst Corporate Veterans Day MessagesCatalyst Corporate recognizes the courage, bravery and dedication of our veteran colleagues – and the service men and women everywhere. We’re honored to work among these individuals and extend our deep appreciation for the immeasurable sacrifices made by all.