AstraZeneca presents, receives Veteran’s Day gifts

AstraZeneca’s Rich Fante and Dover Air Force Base officials receive cards made by children from the AZ Child Development Center.

Children of AstraZeneca employees presented more than 250 cards, letters and supplies to officials from the Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday to thank military personnel for all they do for the country.

Cards that read “Thank you for protecting us” and “You are the real heroes” – along with materials such as socks, toothpaste and bug spray – were shared at the pre-Veteran’s Day event at our Wilmington headquarters.

Also Wednesday, Delaware Boots on the Ground presented Rich Fante, AstraZeneca’s US President and North America CEO, with a glass-encased American flag to recognize the company’s continued support of Delaware Boots on the Ground, a non-profit organization that assists military members and their families during times of deployment and peacetime by matching services to needs.

The inscription on the flag’s case read: “This flag was flown aboard an Air National Guard C-130H aircraft on a combat mission over Afghanistan in support of the US-led war against terrorism.”

“As a former Army Reservist, receiving a flag is very symbolic to me. I want to personally thank Delaware Boots on the Ground for their support of our own AZ military employees, both in active duty and retired,” Fante said.

The event was organized by two AstraZeneca employee network groups – the Working Parents network and the Military Support network.

We recently wrote about two of AstraZeneca’s employees returning home from active duty with the National Guard. AstraZeneca is one of 15 U.S. employers to receive the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. AstraZeneca was nominated for the Freedom Award for 2011.

The 512th Airlift Wing from Dover Air Force Base provides a recap of the event here.