ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY RECOGNIZED AS A PATRIOTIC EMPLOYER
PITTSBURGH, PA (September 9, 2010) – Officers of the United States Navy presented a Patriotic Employer award to the Allegheny County Airport Authority for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve at Pittsburgh International Airport in August.
Under United States law, all companies are to provide a leave of absence to those who serve in the Armed Forces. “The Airport Authority has taken the policy one step further by granting 15 paid military days for leave of absences. This benefit is an important asset for our employees in the military and makes us a leader among other Pittsburgh employers,” stated Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
Rear Admiral Timothy Moon, Director of Maritime Partnership Programs, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa, paid a special visit here to thank ACAA for providing outstanding support to Chief Petty Officer Kurt Parent and our other military reservists/employees. “It was very rewarding for us to meet with many patriotic citizens at the Airport Authority. Your organization’s support of all military personnel was extremely evident,” said Admiral Moon. Moon and others presented the award to Stephanie Saracco, COO. Lisa Morrow, Director of Human Resources, provided an overview of the ACAA’s military benefits program and Nino Sapone, Director of Operations, provided a tour of the Operations Center and the Military Family Center.
Parent, Fixed Assets/Grant Accountant, Finance Department at ACAA, said, “These benefits provide me with additional time off which I can utilize to support these missions and I am appreciative of the leave policy.” Parent has been in the U.S. Navy Reserve for over 22 years. During this time, he has been on numerous military missions with two extended tours to Baghdad, Iraq and Naples, Italy. He has also spent a significant amount of time in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Senegal. During his time in Africa, he provided logistical support for incoming ships. He was also part of the vetting process, which ensures that all African military members are clear of any human rights violations.
Captain Alison S. McCrary, Commanding Officer, said, “The tour of the Operations Center was outstanding and I especially enjoyed seeing your Military and Family Center in the concourse itself - what a great service to all military members! You are an example to all of us of what going above and beyond the call of duty is all about.”
ACAA currently has about ten reservists that this policy benefits. “When our reservists are called upon, it is our patriotic duty as an organization to be supportive. In addition to the benefits program, each department director makes special arrangements within the department to accommodate the absence and still make sure the work is done. The directors and other staff members are to be commended as well,” said Penrod.