Science Applications International Corporation announced that AMSEC LLC received a prestigious 2007 Department of Defense Pro Patria award from the Virginia Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). AMSEC LLC received this award recognizing its personnel policies and practices in support of its employees who also serve in the National Guard and armed forces reserves. According to a press release from the Virginia Committee for ESGR, AMSEC LLC was one of nine businesses, organizations and government agencies in the state selected to receive an award. AMSEC LLC was nominated by Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Harwood, U.S. Navy Reserve. AMSEC also provided Harwood with constant updates via email and access to the same training as his coworkers. They volunteered to relay messages on behalf of Harwood's family when they were unable to contact him and sent care packages monthly gathered by his co-workers. The Pro Patria award, meaning "For the Country" recognizes outstanding support and dedication to the men and women of the Guard and Reserve. AMSEC LLC was formed in June 1999 as a joint venture between Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS). Prior to the creation of the limited liability corporation (LLC), AMSEC had been a wholly owned subsidiary of SAIC since 1987, and has been in existence since 1981. Throughout its history, AMSEC has provided various engineering and technical services to the U.S. government and the commercial maritime industry.