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Frontiers March 2013 Issue

PHOTOS: (Left) The Ohio state flag. THINKSTOCK (Middle row, left) Employees at the Boeing Heath site maintain the gyro navigator used on U.S. Navy nuclear ballistic missile submarines such as the USS Rhode Island (shown). U.S. NAVY (Employee portraits, from top) Product repair and modification technicians Christina Rhodeback, Andrew Taylor and Curtis Puryear. BOB FERGUSON/BOEING Daryl Dickerson, an engineer who tests and repairs electrostati-cally supported gyroscopes at Heath. They are used in navigation systems for the Navy’s nuclear Trident submarine fleet. “We are keenly aware that the work we do, among other things, plays an important role in deterring the nuclear threat to our country,” Dickerson said. Boeing technicians at the Heath site also test, repair and cali-brate almost every type of military aircraft guidance and navigation system. They keep in perfect working order inertial navigation units for Boeing fighters, bombers and transports used by the U.S. and allied militaries, as well as the Lockheed F-15, F-16, C-130 and Northrop B-2. They do the same for the U.S. Air Force’s Minute-man III intercontinental ballistic missiles. “We may not build the big military planes that some of Boeing’s larger sites are known for, but the work done here plays an impor-tant role in defending freedom,” said Mark Miklos, chief engineer and mission assurance manager. “It’s work that can’t adequately be taught in a classroom, more like that of a craftsman who learns not just how to do a job but is trained over years to do it with precision and exacting attention to detail.” Ellen Power, recently named Heath Center director, stressed how critical the work done at the site is. “The people at this site are dedicated and committed to providing quality products to the warfighter,” she said. “In the short period that I have been here, I have seen this dedication through the pride and ownership every person puts into the products they repair.” In June, Heath was named the modification and repair depot for the Navy’s Trident Navigation System for the Trident missile, a submarine-launched ballistic missile. That’s part of the work Dickerson does. The U.S. Navy’s Ohio-class submarines have been patrolling BOEING FRONTIERS / MARCH 2013 29


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