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Local Lockheed Martin Employees Receive Corporation's Highest Honor

DALLAS/FORT WORTH, Texas, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) presented its prestigious NOVA Award to 60 employees from its Aeronautics and Missiles and Fire Control businesses in Fort Worth and Grand Prairie, respectively.

The NOVA Award is the company's highest honor presented annually to individuals and teams who have made outstanding contributions to the corporation's mission and business objectives.

The annual NOVA Awards ceremony was hosted by Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President Marillyn Hewson on Friday, October 25, to recognize employees for their outstanding achievements. Dallas-Fort Worth-based honorees are:

James A. Arness, a senior engineer from Grapevine, won a special recognition award for Technical Innovation for conceptualizing and developing a process using white-light photogrammetric technology to create a three-dimensional overlay of as-built images of assembled F-35 aircraft for comparison to nominal engineering models. Because of his efforts, the technology and new processes are now used a standard capability for the corporation.

John G. Clark, an open systems and software senior manager from Weatherford, won the individual NOVA for Technical Excellence for his knowledge and expertise in Open Systems Architecture, which includes a philosophy and approach that has been adopted by customers.

The following individuals were recognized for teamwork as part of four teams receiving NOVA awards:

The Aircraft Modification Team developed and implemented innovative approaches to modify flight test and production aircraft in support of the F-35 Lightning II program.

  Gary L. Cooper, Arlington, aircraft assembler   Donald G. Cox, Granbury, manufacturing engineer   Michael D. Gilley, Cleburne, aircraft assembler   Stephen T. Howes, Willow Park, senior manager   Jeffry R. Inman, Fort Worth, aircraft assembler   William H. Juenger, Fort Worth, aeronautical engineer   Lonnie R. Lyman, Aledo, manufacturing engineer   Jimmie R. Murray Jr., Mansfield, aircraft assembler   David L. Penney, Haslet, manufacturing engineering manager   Chris Lee Skinner, Bowie, aircraft assembler   Scott D. Taylor, Roanoke, manufacturing engineer   Kris L. Thompson, Azle, manufacturing engineer   Michael K. Thompson, Bowie, aircraft assembler   Jeffery Lynn Ware, Weatherford, manufacturing engineer

The F-22 Physiological Incident Resolution Team successfully worked with the Life Support System Task Force chartered by the U.S. Air Force to determine the cause of unexplained physiological incidents on the F-22 Raptor fleet. In less than one year, the team uncovered contributory factors, identified a solution, installed an independent oxygen sensor throughout the fleet, and developed and flight-tested an automatic back-up oxygen system.

  Patrick A. Batdorf, Fort Worth, aeronautical engineer   Stuart B. Brown, Fort Worth, systems engineer   Kevin Lee Chaples, Fort Worth, program manager   Russell B. Countryman, Keller, technical lead   Geoffrey E. Moore, Benbrook, F-22 team leader   Michael J. Schoop, Fort Worth, aeronautical engineer   David G. Shirley, Benbrook, supply chain manager   Mark A. Turner, Benbrook, crew station engineer

The Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Application Core Team contributed countless hours to develop, package and refine the documentation and visual materials that resulted in Missiles and Fire Control (MFC) being awarded the 2012 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award by the United States Department of Commerce.

  Jeffrey A. Hall, Keller, business planning director   Brad W. Walker, Dallas, ESH associate manager   Michael S. Self, Rowlett, ESH manager   Marcus B. Concienne, Dallas, PAC-3 production operations transition manager   Aaron D. Walker, Midlothian, subcontract manager   Marcy L. Boyd, Irving, graphic artist   Connie D. Perry, Arlington, business development manager   Valeri G. West, Arlington, senior manager – talent and organizational capabilities   Elizabeth B. Stark, Arlington, production operations staff

The Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS) Flight Test #1 Team was recognized for resolving complex integration challenges and demonstrating unwavering resolve in the face of adversity and schedule pressure to achieve 100 percent mission success.

  Hector L. Bayona, Grand Prairie, systems engineer  John I. Lipp, Lewisville, systems engineer  Ronald Rippe, Lancaster, systems engineer  Lamar Lunsford, Fort Worth, systems engineer

The Miniature Munition Team impressed a vital new customer for MFC and provided the business with a new family of products for the U.S. warfighter by developing solutions through technical excellence and determination. MFC had a need to address a critical warfighting niche, and the Miniature Munition Team pioneered methods that would fill that niche in an extremely lean environment.

  Charles P. McCammish, Fort Worth, mechanical engineer   John T. Schofield, Irving, mechanical engineer   Adam C. Miller, Dallas, systems engineer   Lynece Pfledderer, Arlington, systems engineer   Gregory M. Richards, Colleyville, research engineer   Chad N. Chegwidden, Arlington, systems engineer   Bryan D. Pettitt, Grand Prairie, systems engineer

The Return to Work Business Continuity Team created a strategic framework to bring employees back to work after a 10-week strike, while taking advantage of opportunities to improve the culture on the production floor. As a result, F-35 Lightning II delivery metrics and labor efficiency continue to improve.

  Charles R. Akers, Aledo, director   Charles E. Armstrong, Grand Prairie, multimedia design engineer   Lisa Flinn Early, Fort Worth, human resources business partner   Kyle A. Franklin, Aledo, director   James R. Guehlstorf, Arlington, quality analyst   Steven E. Hirtzel, Aledo, safety engineer   Mark D. Johnson, Arlington, communications   Sandra K. Kenerley, Fort Worth, senior manager   Gary E. La Gray, Grand Prairie, senior manager   Paul T. Lee, Willow Park, senior manager   William N. Radcliffe, Fort Worth, quality engineer   Samuel R. Rodriguez, Fort Worth, quality engineer   Carina M. Rodriguez-Nejtek, Flower Mound, senior system integration analyst   John M. Taylor, Keller, director

The Security Assessment Team members set an unprecedented industry standard by achieving 100 percent "Superior" ratings across 13 MFC sites during their 2012 Defense Security Service security assessments; far exceeding industry average of 7 percent Superior ratings granted to over 13,000 cleared facilities.

  Stephen C. Williams, Fort Worth, security director   Jane C. Dinkel, North Richland Hills, security manager   James A. Bass Jr., Grand Prairie, facility security manager

The Security Category Management Team leveraged a single contract guard supplier solution across the corporation that yielded significant cost savings and increased the quality of contract guards throughout Lockheed Martin. The team's combined work, which resulted in the selection of a single supplier for contract guard services across 74 Lockheed Martin sites, will save the corporation a minimum of $4.7 million per year over the next five years.

  Jeffrey A. Anderson, Waxahachie, senior security manager   Gregory A. Johnson, Fort Worth, senior procurement manager   Matt D. Latham, North Richland Hills, senior security manager

"Our NOVA honorees have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to performance, innovation and integrity," said Hewson. "Our customers are facing incredibly complex challenges, and these talented employees have worked tirelessly to help them rise to those challenges. Our 2013 honorees have set the standard for leadership, technical excellence and performance, and I am proud to work alongside each of them."

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