During this week of Thanksgiving we all need to pause and thank the brave men and women of our armed services for doing what they do so that us citizens can continue doing what we all do. With that in mind, I want to share with you a recent email that Brammo CEO Craig Bramscher shared with me. It’s from Oregon National Guard Sargeant James McMenamy:
From: James Mcmenamy
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:54 PM
To: Craig Bramscher
Subject: Thank you.
I wanted to thank you for what your company is doing. I’m in the Oregon National Guard, and currently stationed here in Iraq. I learned about your company on the Armed Forces Network. I wanted to tell you how much pride I have in what your company is creating. Not only are your products creating jobs, but you are creating Green products, in the state of Oregon. I’m a welder/metal worker for the U.S. Army. I have to scrap (sometimes through the trash) on a daily basis, to create parts for our military vehicles. I appreciate the fact that your company does the same. I’m in no way a rich man, but if you need an investor, count me in. Your company has my respect, and my thanks.
SGT James McMenamy
I contacted Sargeant McMenamy and asked if he had any pictures he could share with me.
I got you some pictures to work with. One of these pictures has me on the hood of one of our new MRAP’s (Mine Resistant Ambush Protectant) vehicles. This is the latest and greatest vehicle in the military -that we get to work on.
The second one has me, and the “Punisher”. We made the whole thing from parts from the “dump” here. It’s part John Deere “Gator”, part Polaris, Honda, and Jeep. All the parts that created the “Punisher” were going to be thrown away-Until we reused them. That’s why I appreciate what Brammo does as one of their business ethics. It’s too bad that people don’t appreciate what they have, and what they throw away. All right Brammofan, It’s good to hear from you again. Let me know if I get posted. I’d like to show some of the soldiers what’s going on with Brammo. Have a good one partner.
The fact that Brammo uses recycled materials in their body panels, fenders and their aluminum frame, among other parts, has always resonated with me as one of those “extra steps” they take in making a high quality product that reflects their mission of “saving the world two wheels at a time.” I admit, however, that I never thought it might resonate with someone half a world away who has to dumpster dive to fix Army vehicles.
Sounds like he’s going to be sharing the post with his soldiers. Can you take a moment and let them know in the comments that you appreciate what they’re doing?
Thanks for your service, Sargeant, and please thank your buddies as well.