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Frontiers March 2013 Issue

STARS in a supporting role the world’s oceans carrying Trident missile systems for more than 30 years, serving as a deterrent against enemies,” noted Don Brown, program manager, Integrated Shipboard Systems. “As the only location repairing the navigation gyros for the nuclear fleet ballistic missile submarines, we’re helping maintain the most accurate inertial navigation system ever deployed,” Brown said. A Heath team also maintains the U.S. Air Force’s Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles and builds a sophisticated system for the missile that collects data during flight tests. Technician Kevin Miller leads the assembly, disassembly and modification of intercontinental ballistic missile systems, and he’s also maintained guidance systems for the Fairchild A-10, used for close air support of ground troops, and the Lockheed F-16 fighter. “Every day, I go to a job that reminds me of the men and women who are out there on the front lines risking their lives for me, my team-mates, our friends and families,” Miller said. “Ground troops obviously need air support for successful missions. It’s properly maintained guidance systems that provide that support. And its Heath employ-ees who keep those guidance systems in perfect working order.” Dennis Wolfe, an aircraft technician who repairs gyros, inspects bearings and rebuilds rotors, echoed that same sense of pride in what Health employees do. “I always think about the pilot who climbs into one of the aircraft that we support. He or she is thinking about the mission at hand, 30 BOEING FRONTIERS / MARCH 2013


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