Jacqueline Hochheiser, Corporate Communications

World War I came to an end when a temporary armistice, or cease fire, was declared on the 11th hour of the 11th day, of the 11th month. Hence, Veteran’s Day was officially recognized as a legal national holiday on November 11 by President Woodrow Wilson on May 13, 1938. The holiday was originally known as “Armistice Day,” to honor the veterans that fought in WWI. However, after 1954 when World War II ended, the name was changed to “Veteran’s Day” because many troops that had fought in the WWI were called back into action for the second world war. The day now signifies the appreciation of veterans who have fought in all wars on behalf of the United States.

Mini-Circuits is proud of our history supporting our troops and doing our part to keep them safe in the line of duty. Our products are designed into cutting-edge technologies used in military defense systems such as radar, intelligence gathering and electronic countermeasures used to provide soldiers better situational awareness, and the capability to detect and deter threats in the field.

In fact, military history is embedded in the DNA of Mini-Circuits’ first product line. Mini-Circuits’ line of high-power amplifiers was originally born out of an urgent need in the first Gulf War of 1991. At the time, the enemy was using existing explosives remotely detonated via cellphone technology as a tactic to disrupt U.S. operations. Needless to say, these weapons posed a major threat to American soldiers. One of Mini-Circuits’ long-standing customers created a system that could jam the detonation mechanism. This system was on a strict deadline in order to get aid to America’s troops as fast as possible. Harvey Kaylie, Mini-Circuits’ founder and CEO, took the reins and worked personally with the company to come up with an amplifier that met their requirements. Kaylie wasn’t alone in the fight either, and many Mini-Circuits engineers volunteered their time, working day and night, to help the cause and get the system to the finish line.

Kaylie understood the importance of the new device and that the safety of American troops was on the line. He knew Mini-Circuits had the resources and the capable team to help and committed fully to the project’s success even though there was no guarantee of a return profit. In the end, Mini-Circuits members’ commitment and passion for the project created a successful product that went on to save many lives, introducing a new product family to our portfolio in the process. This Veteran’s Day, Mini-Circuits is proud to remember and continue to support those who have served on behalf of the United States.

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