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Raptor's 1st Fighter Wing gets down to the nuts and bolts
Col. John Day, squadron commander
of the F/A-22 1st Fighter Wing, and his
team of pilots, crew chiefs and mainte-
nance technicians from Langley Air Force
Base, Va., visited the Fort Worth plant on
May 28 for briefings and a visit to
After presentations on the F-16 and
F-35 aircraft, Frank Dougherty and Bill
Wansing provided details on Raptor mid-
fuselage assembly techniques in the
factory. The USAF team autographed the
bulkhead of their first operational aircraft,
Day greeted employees and thanked
them for "a job well done" in their efforts
to bring this historic aircraft to reality. He
also noted the dedication, pride and
enthusiasm shown by LM Aero employees
during their visit. The 1st Fighter Wing
is expected to visit Marietta operations
Col. John l ay thanks enipioyees such as Nercy Braydley or a job well
done" in quality construction of the F/A-22.
Photos by John Wilson
Col. John Day, left, and Staff Sgt. Chris Paschall of USAF's F/A-22 1st
Fighter Wing, inspect the main weapons bay of a Raptor in assembly at
Employees honored for more than 86,000 volunteer service hours
LM Aero has recognized employees for a total of
more than 86,000 hours of volunteer service last year in
Fort Worth, Marietta and Palmdale.
Employees who volunteered 250 hours or more for
various non-profit agencies were honored during recent
ceremonies at each site.
In Fort Worth, 46,905 volunteer hours were logged. A
total of 121 awards were presented, and 55 agencies
received $30,250 in company contributions in recognition
of the employees.
Marietta personnel contributed 24,525 hours of ser-
vice. In honor of the volunteer
efforts of 61 employees, LM Aero donated $15,250 to 27
In Palmdale, 40 employees contributed 15,183 hours
of volunteer service, doubling the total from 2001. As a
result, 35 agencies were awarded $11,000 in company
"This is an outstanding achievement," said Mary Jo
Polidore, vice president of Communications. "The
employees we recognized go above and beyond as matter
of practice. Our communities benefit directly from their
celebrating 100 years offlight
In celebration of the U.S. Centennial of Flight this
year, commemorating the Wright brothers' first flight on Dec.
17, 1903, the Star is running some milestones of our own
during the year: first flight of many Lockheed Martin aircraft.
Sept.17, 1937 -
J u n e 1 4 , 1 9 4 1 -
Sept. 20, 1946-
Oct. 28, 1949 -
PB2Y Coronado four-engine, long-range
flying boat patrol bomber.
A-30 Baltimore (Model 187) twin-engine
P4M-1 Mercator long-range patrol aircraft.
XB-51 three-engine, all-jet tactical bomber.
Dec. 6, 1957 - L-188 Electra turboprop airliner.
Aug. 28, 1967-
June 18, 1981 -
Improved U-2R high-altitude reconnaissance
aircraft at Edwards AFB, Calif.
Production F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter.
Education Fair provides opportunities
for Lockheed Martin employees
By Victoria DeSair
LM Aero hosted an Education Fair at Fort Worth,
Palmdale and Marietta on June 27. The fair provided
employees information about educational opportuni-
ties and recognized recent college graduates.
Several colleges were represented, along with rep-
resentatives who shared information on the GED and
technical schools. Employees learned about associ-
ate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
In addition, 273 LM Aero employees who graduated
in the last year were recognized for their achievements.
Education is beneficial to both the individual
and the company. Lockheed Martin encourages
employees to take advantage of the tuition reimburse-
ment program to better educate themselves for future
Savings Bond Drive starts July 1 across LM Aero
The 2003 U.S. Savings Bond
Drive will begin July 1 at all LM
Aero sites. The Bond Drive chairs
are Sandra Shoemaker for Fort
Worth, Karen Albrecht for
Marietta and Gus Villanueva for
Savings Bonds earn competi-
tive rates compared to interest-
bearing checking, savings and loan
accounts, and certificates of
deposit. Series EE bonds, sold at
half of face value, earn a market-
based rate of 2.66 percent at pre-
sent. Series I bonds, sold at face
value, currently earn 4.66 percent
and are adjusted for inflation.
Bonds may be redeemed any time
after the initial six-month holding
period. See the Treasury
Department's web site at
for full details.
Purchase prices start at $25
for Series EE bonds and $50 for I
bonds. With payroll deduction, just
set an amount to save each pay-
check. Your assets will grow in
value until you need them. To sign
up during the Bond Drive, simply
go to LMPeople at http://lmpeo-
Money/Payroll Date, then U.S.
USAF 'lean-ing' on industry for widespread improvements
By Tracy Houpt
The U.S. Air Force is working closely with industry to expand lean practices that
provide on-time solutions throughout the entire value stream. The work is being
accomplished through the Lean Aerospace Initiative (LAI) Consortium, which is shin-
ing the light on key government-industry interfaces. Lockheed Martin is a major
player in the effort.
USAF's Lean Now Initiative, which began in October 2002, has taken a deploy-
ment approach, which leverages industry's expertise in lean tools. It uses prototype
projects at a program level to focus a government and industry team to eliminate waste
and improve efficiency. Following the prototyping phase, the improvements will be
validated and adopted across the Air Force.
Industry consortium members have formed a five-member team of lean experts to
pull together the needed experience, methods and tools to deploy on the prototypes.
The LAI Consortium is the legal framework that allows coaches and trainers from
member companies and the government to work together on this joint initiative. LM
Aero Vice President Bill Kessler is co-chair of the LAI Executive Committee and
Tracy Houpt of Marietta is LM Aero's representative on the team.
The F/A-22 and F-16 programs are actively engaged in two of three initial Lean
The Raptor is using the Lean Now Initiative to expand lean implementation across
broader aspects of the program. Previously, emphasis was primarily on build and sup-
plier processes. In conjunction with USAF, events have been held or will be held relat-
ed to such items as the proposal process and the loading of software on the aircraft.
These areas have been ongoing challenges for the program.
Recently, a team-level Enterprise Value Stream Map event was held in Dayton,
Ohio, with representatives from LM Aero, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, the F/A-22
System Program Office (SPO) and the Defense Contract Management Agency
(DCMA). This event set future actions to further implement lean across the program.
The F-16 program, teamed with LM Aero's Contract Close-Out Group, is using the
Lean Now Initiative to tackle the closing of inactive contracts. A team has been formed
with representatives from the F-16 SPO, the Defense Department and LM Aero. Their
goal is to control and eliminate barriers to closing out inactive contracts. The team is
coming up with solutions, which can be elevated through LAI's executive committee to
the appropriate level of government for expanded implementation.
For more information about Lean Now, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Moore of Lockheed Martin Corp. addresses government and industry representa-
tives during an F/A-22 Lean Value Stream Map event at Northrop Grumman in San Diego.
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