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September 2003
Volume 02, Issue 05
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Future Combat Systems begins ‘One Team’ meetings series

The Boeing-Science Applications International Corporation Lead Systems Integrator team for Future Combat Systems last month kicked off the first in a series of “One Team” meetings in St. Louis with key industry partners.

Top executives from 14 companies selected to provide 18 major systems for the FCS program met in mid-August with LSI team leadership and top-level U.S. Army officials to set the foundation for delivering on this key transformational program.

“This is the first step in harnessing the skills and expertise of the ‘best of industry’ to meet the challenges the Army will face for decades to come,” said Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing vice president and FCS program manager.

The industry partners will join the LSI in “One Team” Council that will meet regularly to integrate processes and set goals and schedules.

First Lot 7 Apache Longbows head to Fort Hood
The first Block II, Lot 7 AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters arrived at the U.S. Army base at Fort Hood, Texas, in early August after leaving the Boeing plant in Mesa, Ariz. At Fort Hood, the first unit ever to fly D-Model Apaches, the 1-227th Aviation Battalion, was scheduled to begin training on the most-advanced Apaches ever built. Four pilots from the 1- 227th, including the battalion commander, Lt. Col. Ron Lewis, were joined by four pilots from Aviation Technical Test Center at Fort Rucker, Ala., to ferry the first four Block II aircraft that departed Boeing Mesa on Aug. 4. Four additional Lot 7 Apaches left Mesa on Aug. 6. The Block II enhancements are keys to improving situational awareness and move the program ahead toward Apache’s role in the digital U.S. Army of the future.

XM taps Boeing for new satellite; Sea Launch to place craft in orbit

Boeing will build and deliver a fourth Boeing 702 satellite for XM Satellite Radio Inc., the provider of the nation’s leading satellite radio service, Boeing announced last month. The satellite, designated XM-4, will be delivered in late 2005 for future launch to XM’s orbital slot at 115 degrees west longitude in support of XM’s ongoing service requirements.

“This order demonstrates a valued customer’s continued confidence in the Boeing 702 product line,” said Dave Ryan, vice president and general manager of Boeing Satellite Systems.

A Sea Launch rocket will launch the satellite in 2006. Sea Launch, a multinational partnership that includes Boeing among its four partners, successfully placed the first two XM satellites, “Rock” and “Roll,” into orbit in 2001. The company also was selected for the launch of the XM-3 satellite in 2004.

“We are excited about this opportunity to continue our relationship with XM Satellite Radio,” said Jim Maser, Sea Launch president and general manager.

Last month Sea Launch successfully lifted the EchoStar IX/Telstar 13 satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (see Special Feature story).

Boeing offers scholarships to qualifying high school students

High school–student children of employees at Boeing and its subsidiaries are eligible for $1,500-per-year scholarships if they qualify as National Merit Finalists.

To enter the competition for Boeing Merit Scholarships to be awarded in spring 2005, employees’ children who will complete high school and enroll full time in college in 2005 should obtain a copy of the 2003 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test Student Bulletin from their high school counselor. They should then arrange to take the PSAT/NMSQT on Oct. 18 or 21. There is no application process through The Boeing Company.

More than 1.2 million high school juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT each year, and approximately 16,000 become National Merit finalists.

Last year, Boeing awarded scholarships to 65 students, the largest number of Merit Scholars of any corporation participating in the program. A list of 2003 Boeing Scholarship winners is available on the Boeing intranet at community/cc_scholarships_2003.html

Boeing has participated in the National Merit Scholarship Program since 1955.

‘Craftsman’ with a camera: Boeing photographer gets honor

Bob Ferguson, a Boeing photographer based in Mesa, Ariz., and a frequent Boeing Frontiers contributor, has earned the right to be called a “Craftsman.”

Ferguson, who has nearly 20 years of experience as an aerial/industrial photographer, earned the Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America at the association’s annual convention, held July 27 to 29 in Las Vegas, Nev. To qualify for the degree, Ferguson met rigorous standards of excellence set by the PPA by serving as an author, speaker and mentor over many years, in addition to his day-to-day work as a photographer. He also was named the Nikon Industrial Photographer of the Year in 1997.


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