A total of 80 employees from Lockheed Martin’s Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Metroplex businesses recently received the 2012 NOVA Award, the corporation’s highest honor for individual or team achievements.
The annual NOVA Awards ceremony was hosted by Lockheed Martin Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens Oct. 26, to recognize employees for their outstanding achievements.
Local honorees are:
- Roy Bullard (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics) successfully redesigned the Auxiliary Air Inlet door on the F-35B STOVL variant to meet updated requirements.
- Lorri J. Crittenden (Aeronautics) developed plans to produce an alternate helmet for the F-35.
- The F-16 Block 60 Production Program Completion Team (Aeronautics) delivered exceptional aircraft capabilities to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force. Team members include: Barry T. Akerley, Bryan Berthy, Dennis S. Burns, Pamela F. Campbell, William M. Davies, Tom Fitzpatrick, Jim Franks, Jerry Kling, Steve Kopp, Jeff Kwarsick, Tom Lenning, Brandi J. Lunsford, Jeffrey Rochelle, Stanie Smith and Jake Wertz.
- The F-35 Carrier Variant Static Test Operations Team (Aeronautics) achieved the CV static test milestone three weeks ahead of schedule by creating and using innovative solutions to overcome challenges. Team members are: Brad Butcher, James F. Krieski, Mac McDaniel, Tambre Paster, J. Michael Rodriguez and Art Tighe.
- The F-35 Japan Capture Team (Aeronautics) secured the Japan F-X Fighter Competition, resulting in a 42-aircraft contract with Japan. Team members include: John Balderston, Randy Burton, David M. Clark, Jack Giese, Catherine A. Griffin, Denny Littrell, Brad Maidlow, Ricardo Martinez, Jerry C. Mazanowski, Grant Mitchell, Edward Neel, Alan Norman, William P. Pfeiffer, Karl A. Sapineza and Michael B. Tomblin.
- The Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) Team (Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control) successfully prepared four robotic vehicles and support for U.S. Army field trials in Afghanistan, representing the largest autonomous ground vehicles ever deployed with U.S. infantry. Team members include: John Koch, Edward Drew, Phil Metivier, Greg Langevin, Ashley Kotylo, Rickie Shaner, Rex Reves, Dustin Sheffield, Adam Sharkasi, Steve McAdams, Gary Seminara, Don Nimblett, Glenn Helm, Critt Coburn, Bryan McLane, Derek Ward, Bill Severson, Daniel Eklund, Darryl McFadden, Keith Massie, Paula Duchesne, Mark Lewis, Curtis Fischer, Myron Mills and Karl Jensen.
- The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Foreign Military Sale Proposal Team (Missiles and Fire Control) secured a contract to provide the United Arab Emirates with two THAAD weapon systems and associated support equipment and services. Team member include: Tom Stanton, Ken Towe, Dan Wiebelhaus, Suzanne St. Clair and Abdillahi Foum.
- The Warrior Capability Sustainment Program (Missiles and Fire Control) team won this key international pursuit with an innovative solution that extends U.K. Warrior vehicle life to 2040. Dallas team members include: Amro Alawady, Jeffery Nelson, Rick Magness, David Hunn, Guy Serio, Charles Griffin, Alison Amate, David Dugas, Rachel Brown, Robert McMillan and Patrick Coman.
- Dale Yates (Aeronautics) led the Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman teams through the testing necessary to close the F-16 Block 60 production contract.
“As Lockheed Martin embarks on its second century, our nation and our allies around the world face new challenges,” said Stevens. “Addressing these challenges, as we always have, we will rely on people with the vision, leadership and courage to tackle these difficult tasks head-on. These are the qualities that we see in every one of our NOVA recipients.”
The Lockheed Martin NOVA Awards were created in 1995; the name “NOVA” aptly describes the contribution of the winners as the bright stars of the corporation.