Behind the Business: ‘Bring Them Home Safely, Every Time’
“We’re setting up someone to go and defend our country,” says Sikorsky’s Sharmee Walton.
For employees at Sikorsky Aircraft, being part of something larger than themselves fosters pride and motivation.
Ask Sharmee Walton, who is heading into her 17th year at Sikorsky, what it means to work at the Stratford-based manufacturer.
“It’s making sure that we are saving a life,” Walton said. “We’re setting up someone to go and defend our country.
“They are in an aircraft that is going to guarantee to bring them home, and safely every time.”
Walton is a third-generation Sikorsky employee. She currently serves as the FOD and tool control program assembly and flight operations senior manager.
Walton was the master of ceremonies at an event in January marking delivery of the 5,000th variant of the iconic Black Hawk model, first produced 45 years ago.
“To be able to understand the aircraft, but to then be able to develop technology is amazing,” Walton said.
She was about 10 years old when she first realized she wanted to be part of the process.
Walton said she vividly remembers visiting Sikorsky for a family day and sitting in the pilot’s seat of an aircraft.
“That memory stuck in my mind forever,” Walton said.
“To be a part of it is even more amazing to me because I can say when those aircraft fly over my house, I was a part of that.”
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