Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI), located in Chantilly, Virginia, is an engineering services and software development company that primarily supports the intelligence community and other civil, defense and intelligence customers with a focus on government space and intelligence surveillance reconnaissance systems activities. Veteran-owned, the business actively seeks to hire veterans and current Guard and Reserve service members. Forty-four percent of the company’s employees are veterans, including four of the six members of the Board of Directors.
IAI offers flexible work schedules to help reserve component members meet their drilling and military schooling obligations. The company also provides support to families of deployed service members. In one instance, IAI provided assistance to an employee whose deployed spouse suffered a combat injury. Company employees also contribute to many organizations benefiting service members and their families, including the Fisher House, Operation Paperback, Toys for Tots and the Air Force Association. “IAI’s unique policies directly influenced my decision to delay my retirement from the Reserve, to remain until my mandatory retirement date,” said nominator Darryl W. Brayman, a Lieutenant Colonel. “As a member of the United States Air Force Reserve, I am proud to serve, and as an employee of IAI, I could not be more proud to be part of a team so respectful of the cause of freedom, and so dedicated to those who serve.”
Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) was honored with the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award during a ceremony at The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C on Sept. 22, 2011. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense (DoD) to large, small, and public sector employers for their exceptional support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.
“This is an incredible honor and all of us at IAI are very grateful to be recognized with a 2011 Freedom Award,” said Brickey. “However, we are even more honored to serve those who serve in our nation’s military, National Guard and Reserve. Each one of us at IAI supports our national defense through our work on our customer’s important missions. Supporting Reservists and their families, hiring veterans and working with military and veteran’s charities and organizations are other important ways that we all serve.”
IAI was one of 15 companies to be honored at the 2011 ceremony, which included 3M, Ford Motor Company and Wells Fargo & Company. Secretary of Defense William Perry authorized the first award in 1996. In the years since, a total of 145 employers have received this prestigious award.
Of IAI employees, 44 percent are veterans, including four of the six members of the Board of Directors and three of the four founders. IAI offers flexible work schedules to help reserve component members meet their drilling and military schooling obligations, and finds ways to support families of deployed service members.
According to the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), “The Freedom Award recipients distinguish themselves by going to extraordinary lengths to support their military employees… Since September 11, 2001, more than 820,000 Guard and Reserve service members have been activated, with almost one-half of the total U.S. military strength residing in the Guard and Reserve. Employers across America continue to provide significant support to their employees in the Guard and Reserve, despite ongoing combat operations and reduced workforces during an uncertain economy. This year more than 4,000 Guard and Reserve members nominated employers for exceptional support.”
The ceremony was attended by members of Congress, senior military officials, company executives and CEOs and the Guard and Reserve members who nominated the recipients for the award. The Freedom Award honorees were also given the opportunity to meet privately with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta earlier in the day.