Mission Essential, founded by former military personnel, was established for the purpose of providing unmatched linguistic support to deployed forces. With this type of support there is an inherent risk associated during performance and the company is determined to keep its people, the mission and a greater purpose in the forefront of everyone’s mind.
At its Herndon, Va., office, Mission Essential displays a “Wall of Valor” that pays tribute and honors those who have given their lives in support of the company’s mission to protect and defend against terrorism, contingencies and crises and other threats to global security.
Jim Begley, SVP and GM of the company’s Language and Training Solutions business, is responsible for leading and managing a worldwide workforce of more than 1,900 professionals. These individuals, dispersed across 50 countries throughout Europe and Asia, support the U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement customers.
When asked what has allowed Mission Essential to become the largest provider of language support services across the DoD, intelligence and federal space, Begley told Executive Mosaic, “It is our people. The commitment and dedication of the linguists and managers … the people in the field. Every day they are shoulder to shoulder with the soldiers and enabling success. They are amazing.”
“People walk back and forth to their offices or our partners come in. It’s very easy to forget or accept it as business as usual,” Begley said. “It’s a healthy reminder that a tough day for us can be a lot worse. That’s what gets me out of bed. That’s what brought me here to understand and support the mission, the soldiers, and, of course, our people.”