Director's Corner

Release Date: November 09, 2016

NETL Pays Tribute to the “Vigilant, Active, and Brave”—America’s Veterans


At 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, the Allies of World War I and Germany signed the armistice agreement that marked the end of World War I. One year later, America began to celebrate the day when the “war to end all wars” came to its dramatic close when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. By 1954, the holiday evolved into a day set aside to pay tribute to all the nation’s men and women who answered the call of duty in the armed services—a day we now recognize as Veterans Day.

At NETL, I am proud of our Laboratory’s veterans; the men and women who served our country with pride and distinction in our armed forces.  I am also grateful for their continuing contributions to the prosperity of our nation through energy science and technology as they work to serve with the kind of dedication and diligence that characterizes service in the U.S. military. As a research laboratory, our successes would be fewer and less significant without the contributions made by the veterans who now work with us as researchers, support contractors, managers and trusted colleagues with uniquely qualifying experience.

NETL is recognizing the veterans who enhance the work we do by spotlighting them throughout the month of November on our web pages and in social media. It is just one small way to recognize their service and what it has meant to our nation.
American Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry once said that “The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, and the brave.” Because our veterans have always been vigilant, active, and brave, we at NETL join a grateful nation in expressing gratitude to our more than 23 million veterans on November 11.

As Acting Director of NETL, Sean I. Plasynski, Ph.D., builds on an extensive background in energy as he leads NETL in its mission to enhance the nation’s energy independence and protect the environment for future generations. For more information about Sean Plasynski's experience, please click here.