ASTROS Patriot Award

The ASRC Federal team that supports the U.S. Department of Defense’s ASTROS contract was awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s Patriot Award in January for their commendable treatment of U.S. Navy reservist Jennifer Vazquez.

Grateful for her employer’s commitment during a turbulent time, Vazquez nominated her team for the award.

Vazquez joined ASRC Federal as a site operations support coordinator on the ASTROS contract. She was deployed three months later.

“Unplanned deployment can be very unnerving for active-duty military in many ways and job stability is one of the sacrifices we often face,” said Vazquez. “I was concerned that I wouldn’t have a job when I returned my deployment.”

Vasquez notified her managers about her year-long deployment and desire to return to her role when it was complete.

“They reassured me that my position would be preserved upon my return,” Vazquez said. “Many of my fellow battalion members were not as fortunate to return to their jobs. A few who did return were immediately terminated ‘at will,’ a silent struggle that our military face when returning from deployment,” she added.

Vazquez was so grateful for the support she received from her team and ASRC Federal while she was deployed and when she returned to work nearly a year later.

“Everyone was so supportive of me and always in continuous communication, even when I needed something after after-hours,” she recalled. “This is just a great example of how ASRC Federal is dedicated to creating a supportive and encouraging work environment.”

 In 2023, the ASRC Federal team in Sierra Vista, AZ was also awarded the Patriot Award.

As a top veteran employer, ASRC Federal supports veteran hiring and retention through a number of programs, including DOD Skillbridge and American Corporate Partners mentorships. The company has been recognized as a Great Place to Work, Military Times ‘Best for Vets’ and Veteran Indexes “5-Star Employer“.

Thank you for your service to our country and our company, Ms. Vazquez.