Local Lockheed Martin Employees Receive Corporation's Highest Honor

Oct 31, 2013, 11:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

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."

The Lockheed Martin NOVA Awards were created in 1995. The name "NOVA" aptly describes the contributions of the winners as the bright stars of the corporation.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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