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Frontiers April 2013 Issue

we can go over there to Tinker or they can come over here for meetings.” Less, who spent 36 years in Southern California working for legacy company Rockwell International and Boeing, said he’s been warmly welcomed by his new co-workers and neighbors in Oklahoma City. While it’s still a relatively small site within the company, it hosts a wider variety of programs, which means more opportunities for employees. Mark Reap, an embedded software engineer for the B-1 program, has spent more than 20 years in Oklahoma City. Like others who have worked at the site for years, he said the sudden burst of growth and relocation of engineers from California and Kansas has benefited the programs hosted there. “Now we have a lot more resources to draw from, a lot more people,” he said. “It’s nice we’re bringing in a lot of talent and engineering excellence. Excellence breeds more excellence.” Gathering that engineering talent in Oklahoma City also will reduce overhead on the programs supported by the site, said Cynthia Hudspeth, B-52 marketing and sales, who recently moved to Okla-homa City after working for 14 years in Wichita. That’s not a trivial matter during this age of reduced military budgets. “It’s going to save programs; it’s going to save jobs,” she said, while acknowledg-ing that not all employees from California and Wichita have ended up making the move.” It’s going to save Boeing money, and it’s going to save the customer money.” Many of the engineers at the Oklahoma City site mention their satisfaction in sup-porting military aircraft with long, proud histories—and aircraft that are expected to keep flying for decades to come. That means using 21st-century technology to address issues as they come up on aircraft that often date to the middle of the last “It’s going to save programs; it’s going to save jobs. It’s going to save Boeing money, and it’s going to save the customer money.” – Cynthia Hudspeth, B-52 marketing and sales, on gathering engineering talent in Oklahoma City 28 BOEING FRONTIERS / APRIL 2013


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