Boeing Frontiers
June 2002 
Volume 01, Issue 02 
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John WarnerIt's no small feat to rise to the top of one's game as an engineer—or as the No. 1 administrator of the world's largest aerospace company. But Chief Administrative Officer John Warner managed to do both during his 34-year tenure at Boeing.

When he retires from the company this month, he will have held 16 different jobs across business units and across the country. To hear 62-year-old Warner tell it, every position has been a challenge, with each as enjoyable as the one before.


His pilot's eyes

V-22 Lieutenant Colonel Ron "Curly" Culp of the U.S. Marine Corps has seen some incredible things during his 18-year military career, and he has the pictures to prove it.

Culp, one of a handful of fully qualified Marine Corps Osprey pilots, is a self-trained amateur photographer who has been snapping photos since he enlisted. A CH-46 "Phrog" helicopter pilot by trade, he joined the Osprey program in 1997 when the Marine Corps announced it was looking for the first six V-22 tiltrotor operational test pilots.

"I couldn't wait to be involved with an aircraft that's so vital to the future of Marine Corps aviation," explained the 43-year-old Florida native. "After 14 years flying the 'Phrog,' I was ready for something new."


Boeing athlete wins two silver medals in Paralympics

Bob BalkTo most, winning a pair of Olympic medals and being invited by the president to visit the White House would make for enough glory to last a lifetime.

But for Boeing Phantom Works' world-record athlete Bob Balk, the two silver medals he won in the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Paralympic Games represent the cake, not the icing.

"It's certainly an honor to visit the White House and to win medals," said Balk, "but winning medals can't match the reward of earning the respect of other athletes and coaches from all over the world, or the support that my friends and family have given me. That makes me a winner. I will carry the feeling that gives me always."


ECF booster's spirit of giving is priceless

Carol DraperPeople say no matter what she sets her mind to, Carol Draper does it with a kind heart and warm smile.

Whether she’s at work as a product definition and change-planning specialist in Seal Beach, Calif., raising her extended family, volunteering her time to help children with life-threatening illnesses, or serving as an Employees Community Fund booster captain, Draper makes a difference in the lives of people around her.

Draper started her career with the company 15 years ago, and her involvement in the community, volunteerism and the Employees Community Fund has grown every year. She has always been active with the Fund's campaign at Seal Beach, and in recent years has headed up the teams of boosters.


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