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Raytheon's Missile Defense Leadership Honored

Employees Recognized for Contributions to Global Security

Gary Kochuba, center, was recognized for his work on the Standard Missile-3 program by Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems; Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance; Sen. John McCain; U.S. Rep. Martha McSally; Lt. Gen. Mark C. Nowland; and Command Master Chief Loran "Mark" Bather.

Senator John McCain and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally of Tucson, Arizona, joined with Riki Ellison, chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, to recognize the contributions of Raytheon's missile defense experts.

McCain serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, and McSally, a freshman representative, sits on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

To mark the event, the MDAA hosted a reception at Tucson’s Westin La Paloma Resort on April 10. Recipients were honored for their outstanding accomplishments on programs that protect the United States, deployed forces and allies abroad from the growing threat of short- to long-range ballistic missile attacks.

"We have the best rocket scientists, engineers and innovators in the world. It’s true, and I never tire of saying it," said Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence, president of Raytheon Missile Systems. 

(From left to right) Raytheon engineers, John Anderson, Eric Olsen, Gary Kochuba and Chris King, were recognized by the MDAA for their exceptional work in missile defense.

The following individuals received recognition for their efforts:

Eric Olsen, deputy chief engineer, Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, was thanked for his leadership related to the FTG-06b flight test success in June 2014. The test was a critical moment in revitalizing confidence in U.S. homeland defense.

Gary Kochuba, flight test director, Standard Missile-3, was praised for his technical expertise in overseeing the last seven consecutive flight test successes of the SM-3. In service around the world, the SM-3 provides regional defense to deployed forces and ally nations.

Chris King, Israeli program director, was honored for his leadership in solidifying and growing a strong partnership with Israel on the Iron Dome Weapon System and the next-generation protective system, David's Sling Weapon System. David's Sling is on track to deploy later this year.

John Anderson, chief engineer, SM-3 and EKV, received accolades for his work on both programs over the course of his career. For decades, his talent and commitment have advanced the safety and security of Americans and allies everywhere.

"These individuals have dedicated their lives to perfecting systems that defend us every day," said Wes Kremer, vice president of Air and Missile Defense Systems. "It’s because of their expertise that Raytheon can deliver systems that protect us from the growing threat of ballistic missiles here at home and across the world."

Published: 04/08/2015

Last Updated: 06/22/2015

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