Country Before Code

Great people make a small business tick.  Great people also help keep our freedom while the rest of us go about our small business.

Five Technology programmer Travis Neiderhiser will be leaving his desk later this month to head to Afghanistan with his Army Reserve Unit, the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion of Minnesota. Army Specialist Neiderhiser (soon to be Sergeant) will be leaving Five’s friendly confines for a 400 day tour as his unit operates in support of both conventional and special operations forces.


Just as many thousands of United States soldiers, both overseas and here on US soil, Travis is making a huge sacrifice to defend our freedom, protect our country and work for a better future.

While your opinion on the war may be for or against, the reality of what a soldier puts on the line to do their job is nothing less than incredible.

For Travis, this means leaving his wife, 4 year old daughter and son … a son that is scheduled to be born on July 19th, 2010.  If’ he’s lucky, he’ll get one week with his new son, before he has to endure a year without holding him.  These types of sacrifices make it easy for us around the office to pick up the slack in his absence.


In the office, we’ll miss the humor, the random outbursts, his YouTube finds and the energy that Travis brings to the day.  We’ll have far more Diet Coke available while he’s gone, but maybe we can care package some over there.  Travis has come along way in the last 2 years at Five in many aspects and many of us call him a friend more than an employee or co-worker.

While we throw him a few parties to send him off in style, we also look forward to the welcome back party in about 400 days.

I’m also not willing to let his service and sacrifice go unnoticed.  I invite you to comment with your thoughts or encouragement, it’s the least you can do for someone willing to put it all on the line for you.

Thank you Travis, thank you 407th and thank you to all US service members.

26 thoughts on “Country Before Code”

  1. Best of luck overseas Travis, and thank you so much for your bravery and serving our country. What you do is truly amazing and no words could ever show my gratitude properly. Be safe, and I hope to meet you at the coming-home party! 🙂

  2. My brother and many of his closest friends have also served our country. I think of what you all sacrafice every single day and cannot thank you enough for what you put on the line for all of us. My brother always told me what got him through was remembering what he was fighting for – his family. Thank you.

  3. You don’t know me Travis, but good luck, and good luck to your wife too. Hope you do get to meet that baby before you leave.

  4. Travis: It takes a lot of courage & sacrafice to honor your country through military service. All of us here at home appreciate your work. Take care over there & know that a warm welcome awaits you back here in MN. Thank you!

  5. Wow! That is amazing. Thank you Travis for what you are about to do! We all appreciate the huge sacrifice you are about to make. Your family must be so proud! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!

  6. Hey Travis, best of luck, bud! I truly admire all that our servicemen and women do for our country, and your bravery does not go unnoticed. I wish you and your wife all the best.

    Would love to grab a beer with you before you deploy, but if not, stay safe over there and I’ll see you when you get back!


  7. Travis —-Thanks for making our family safe and enjoy the freedom that we have each day and the security at night. May God hold you safe in his hands until you return to hold your family again.

  8. Travis – you are amazing and I thank you and your sweet family for the sacrifice you are making for my family and I, and the rest of our nation. I will pray for y’all and know that God will have his angels around you and your precious ones at home!

    I always enjoy working with you so much and I hope you run across a Texas accent or two during your 400 days!

    Thank you…

  9. Travis, I wish you the best of luck. Can’t tell you how much I admire what you and all the service men and women do for our country. You all truly are hero’s. Also, congrats to you and your wife on the future addition to your family! I hope to stop out and see you before you leave. Take care and I look forward to your return.

  10. Travis, you are the man. Both of my brother-in-laws have joined up and are fighting alongside you. We’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers for a safe tour and one hell of a party when you get back.

  11. Travis,

    We are so grateful to have people like you and all the other service men and woman! We will have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Just think of all the great stories you’ll have to share when you get back home. God Bless you and keep you safe.

  12. Travis, thank you for helping keep our country strong and safe, and for making life better for the people of Afghanistan. Nothing the rest of us do can compare to leaving your family and putting yourself in danger. Be well!

  13. God Speed Travis!! Thank you for all you do. Your dedication and sacrifice does not go unnoticed. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you again for serving our Country.

    Be Safe!

  14. Travis- We will miss you around the office!! Who’ll put the Diet Coke in the fridge and let me know who is singing each song that comes on the radio. I’ll play Iz’s Over The Rainbow for ya at least once a week.
    Tell Heather if she ever needs help with things to give us a holler- we’d love to have the kids over anytime!! She’ll have to come with us for the bowling this fall!!
    Take care and be safe!!

  15. Travis — I am so proud and appreciative of you and all others who sign up to serve our country and the world for that matter. It takes a lot of guts, talent and commitment to do what you do and leave what you leave in terms of family, personal life in general and jobs. Stay confident and safe. It will be a tremendous experience for you. Take care — we will be thinking about you and will support your efforts in any manner we can. Carmen

  16. Travis – Much respect for what you are doing to serve our country and the sacrifices that you are making. I wish you, your family, and the entire Five Technology team well over the next 400 days and beyond!

  17. It’s wonderful people like you Travis that are in my prayers daily. Thank you for your devotion to our country! Your family and friends as you can see are standing behind you and appreciate everything you are doing!! Good luck and stay safe!! Jill

  18. I met Travis once and he made an immediate impression. I have no doubts that his steadfast loyalty to his country will benefit us all. Thanks so much for your hard work, dedication, service, and willingness to stand up for all of us back home!

  19. Travis,
    Although we have not met in person, I feel like I know you very well (through our emails and phone conversations). Your customer service at Five has been outstanding, but more importantly, your service to our country is cherished by guys like me. My family will pray for you and your family every night when we lay our heads down. All the best, Jim

  20. Thank you Travis, I appreciate your dedication to our country. I wish you Godspeed in your tour, and if there is anything we can do over here to help make your journey more tolerable, please do let me know. One small bit of advice, don’t bring that t-shirt you were wearing at the bowling alley. 🙂

    Take care and God bless, Casey Mattson

  21. Travis, Thanks for all your hard work and dedication both in the office and for our country. Good Luck and Godspeed!

  22. I take this opportunity to thank you Travis. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for anyone willing to stand up and protect my freedom. you are one of the great ones and I look forward to hearing about your safe return.

  23. Travis, Thanks for keeping all of us here safe. We’ll be praying for your safe return back home with all men and women currently serving in the Middle East.

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