On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, Sabre’s Phil Jaurigue, Margaret Margle and Stuart Taylor celebrated the National Guard’s 378th birthday at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. About 250 people attended the celebration organized by the National Guard Associations of the United States (NGAUS), including National Guard leaders, members of Congress, congressional staff, industry representatives and other Guard supporters.
For the second straight year, Sabre was proud to serve as the birthday cake sponsor at the celebration. Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, and others used a sword that is a replica of the one carried by the Marquis de Lafayette to cut four birthday cakes. The replica sabre was donated to the National Guard Educational Foundation by the Marquis’ family in 1989.
Following the celebration, Margle stated, “Sabre strongly believes in the mission of the National Guard so it was an honor to attend and sponsor an event celebrating the phenomenal work the Guard and its 460,000 Guardsmen do on a daily basis.”
The Guard serves as part of the first-line of defense for the United States and operates under their respective state governor or territorial adjutant general (TAG). The majority of National Guard soldiers and airmen hold civilian jobs full-time while serving part-time as a National Guard member. The Guard may be called up for active duty by state governors or TAGs to help respond to domestic emergencies and disasters such as hurricanes, floods and earthquakes. The Guard also plays a major role in defense of the United States. The Guard is part of the reserve component of the U.S. Army (the Army National Guard of the United States) and the U.S. Air Force (the Air National Guard of the United States). Its members are composed of units from each state and the territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. National Guard units can be mobilized for federal active duty to supplement regular armed forces during times of war or national emergency declared by Congress or the President.
Employees from across the company donated countless items, including trail mix, magazines, toothbrushes, novels, candy, snack packs and more, which were sent to deployed service men and women to help provide aid and comfort. Sabre also donated 500 dental floss kits to include in the care packages.
In addition, employees penned personal letters thanking the soldiers for their service. The company also received heartfelt cards from students at a local school.
Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which was established out of concern for deployed soldiers who did not receive mail or support from home.
Sabre has been supporting this cause by taking up collections of needed items since the fall of 2010.
Mr. Ives has been with Sabre for six years serving as the company’s group vice president of the Mid-Atlantic region. He joined Sabre after serving 30 years with the United States Navy which included more than 15 years of top-level executive management.
As COO, Mr. Ives will be responsible for all operations and performance within the company including business development. He will report to President Phil Jaurigue and be a member of the Sabre Executive Board.
“Glen’s exemplary leadership within the Mid-Atlantic region will benefit the entire company. His intimate knowledge of Sabre’s leadership, strategic focus, operations, customers, and most importantly, our people, will make his transition seamless and transparent. It is a very positive step forward for the company. Glen’s appointment to this important position builds upon many positives that we have undergone in the past several months including improved business development and proposal initiatives which have resulted in several contract wins,” stated President Phil Jaurigue.
“My firsthand knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic operations provides me with great appreciation for the talented and dedicated people we have here at Sabre. It is what really sets us apart from other companies. We have a tremendous history of doing great things and I look forward to building upon that momentum with the support of our senior leadership and Sabre pros across the Northeast, National Capital, Mid-Atlantic and Corporate operations,” remarked Glen.
In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Deb Kliman, Sr. Executive Director of Human Resources (HR), participated in the Workforce Insight for Individuals with Disabilities panel discussion at Arcadia University on Thursday, Oct 23, 2014.
Ms. Kliman and another senior-level HR professional made up the panel and discussed topics around workplace environments for individuals with disabilities and the rights of individuals with disabilities from an HR standpoint. Ms. Kliman took the opportunity to highlight Sabre as being a disabled friendly employer and explaining that an individual with a disability has the opportunity to request an accommodation for any part of the employment process by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Following the event, Ms. Kliman commented, “The best thing about participating on the panel was the connection that I felt to the students. The personal connection and trust established led a great Q&A session”.
Several Sabre employees spent a beautiful day on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 supporting the Allied Forces Foundation (AFF) SideXSide Team at the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon, a 26.2-mile race that runs throughout Arlington, Va. and Washington, D.C., and ends at the Marine Corps War (Iwo Jima) Memorial. Sabre sponsored the Team led by Senior Director of Business Development Stuart Taylor. Stuart is an AFF Director and devotes much of his free time to supporting wounded warriors and their families.
Sabre volunteers, along with some members of their families, helped man stations along the route to hand out water and food and cheer on the SideXSide Team. One volunteer commented on the day, “We enjoyed the day tremendously as well as the people we met. I was frankly amazed at how many times my family thanked me for including them.” Two employees both remarked how rewarding it was to support the SideXSide Team. “It was very humbling to experience the determination of the wounded, seeing soldiers and fire fighters running in full gear, and others out there giving their best,” said one. “We look forward to doing this again next year,” according to the other.
The SideXSide Team consists of a mix of U.S., British, Australian and Danish serving military, wounded and retired veterans whose mission is to build relations, insight and awareness of the sacrifice our great military nations have undertaken. This year, the SideXSide Team was comprised of 120 participants, of which 30 were wounded warriors from across the allied nations.
Funds raised by the SideXSide Team helps support wounded combat veterans and their families, and Gold Star families (those who lost their spouse / father in combat) by funding a trip to Walt Disney World®. Disney is not the answer to all of their problems, but a holiday for a wounded family for a few days can make a world of difference! If you would like more information about the Allied Forces Foundation, or are interested in supporting, please visit http://www.alliedforcesfoundation.org/sidexside.html.
The Hollywood Lions annual tournament supports a variety of local charities, and Sabre has proudly partnered with the Club for 12 consecutive years. In addition to contributing funds, Sabre provides the Hollywood Lions with staff assistance for conducting the tournament. Sabre had two teams participate this year.
The Lions Club focuses on sight-related charities, collecting used eyeglasses and providing new glasses for low-income residents, and this annual golf event continues to be the Club’s major fundraiser.
Ms. Jarabak will have corporate management responsibility and authority over Sabre’s centralized BD functions. She will oversee and manage critical BD functions including pipeline development and management; capture strategies, planning and tracking; proposal development; cost and pricing; management of bid and proposal resources; small business strategy; marketing; and market research and analysis. Ms. Jarabak will collaborate with functional counterparts across the company to ensure the best solutions are brought forward to customers, and make certain Sabre is appropriately positioned for strategic, enterprise-wide campaigns. She will operate primarily from the company’s Alexandria, Va. office location.
“Marie’s proven track record of success makes her a perfect fit for the position; one that is vital to Sabre’s continued growth,” said Phil Jaurigue, President and CEO of Sabre. “She has proven to be invaluable in many of Sabre’s proposal efforts, and the combination of her technical acumen and tenacity make her well suited for this expanded role.”
Ms. Jarabak is being promoted to this position after spending three years at Sabre as Director of BD. Prior to joining the company, she held BD positions at Strategic Analysis, Inc., Consolidated Safety Services, and Lockheed Martin. Ms. Jarabak is a graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Government and International Policy.