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Most people display photos of loved ones in their work area, and on the F/A-18 production line in St. Louis, it’s no different. Except that the photos of their loved ones are mounted on a Wall of Heroes.
The Wall, a display of the names and faces of employees' relatives and loved ones who currently serve in the military, remind Boeing employees that their customers and their loved ones are often one and the same.
“We talk about it with our teams,” said F/A-18 Production Operations Director John Eash. “We refer at times to the importance of what we do for the warfighter. But, we felt that we could do a better job of connecting the importance of what we do for the men and women that serve our country.”
That connection rings true for employees like Arlene Moore, a sheet metal assembler riveter on the F/A-18 production line. She has three family members who serve in the U.S. Navy.
“Just the idea that one of my children -- my grandson -- will be in an F/A-18 or be anywhere around it makes you want to work even safer and better,” Moore said. “You know, put out a better quality product.”
Watch the video to learn more about Boeing employees’ personal heroes.