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June 19, 2012

News Briefs – June 19, 2012

U.S. officials worry over Egypt’s military’s moves

U.S. Defense Department officials say they will continue to urge Egypt’s military council to transfer power to the new, democratically elected government, and are hopeful it will happen.

Pentagon press secretary George Little says the department is deeply concerned about the move by Egypt’s military to issue an interim constitution just as polls closed June 17 that gives the generals sweeping authority to keep control of the government.

Little says Egyptian leaders are aware of U.S. worries. Egypt’s ruling military council pledged Monday to hand over power to the new civilian authorities by the end of the month.

Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said there have been some changes in military activities with the U.S. as Egypt goes through this political transition, but “the core of the relationship remains.” AP

 

Boeing lauds tornado recovery by key supplier

Top executives from the Boeing are in Wichita, Kansas, to celebrate the tornado recovery efforts by parts supplier Spirit AeroSystems.

Kent Fisher is the vice president of supplier management for Boeing commercial airplanes. He told Spirit workers June 18 that Spirit AeroSystem never missed a shipping date to Boeing after the Spirit plant was hit by a tornado April 14.

He says the incredible recovery effort is going to make the relationship between the two companies even stronger.

The tornado struck the Spirit’s Wichita plant while about 200 employees took refuge in storm shelters. The storm damaged 40 buildings.

Employees and contractors restored power and water, repaired buildings and brought critical equipment online in the following days. All 10,800 Spirit workers were making parts for Boeing within eight days. AP




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