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Raytheon receives $109 million contract for Patriot Air and Missile Defense System

US and international Patriot partners strengthen defense against evolving threats

TEWKSBURY, Massachusetts /PRNewswire/ — Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) has received a $109 million Engineering Services contract for its Patriot Air and Missile Defense System. The contract, issued by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is for ongoing technical support and services to the U.S. Army and Foreign Military Sale customers to ensure readiness of their Patriot systems.

"Customers around the world will benefit from the maintenance and upgrades that result from this contract – especially the technical baseline improvements designed to counter evolving threats," said Ralph Acaba, vice president of Integrated Air and Missile Defense at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. "The U.S. Army recognizes the importance of investing in Patriot sustainment, especially given the instability in the world today."

Under this contract, the system analysis, software development, testing and logistics support, and other country-specific system requirements work will be performed by Raytheon in Andover, Mass.; Tewksbury, Mass.; Huntsville, Ala.; and White Sands, N.M.

About Patriot

Patriot is the world’s most modern and capable air and missile defense system, providing protection against a full range of advanced threats, including aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. Continually upgraded and enhanced to reflect the latest technology, Patriot is the system of choice for 12 nations around the globe.

Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles.

About Raytheon

Raytheon Company, with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit us at and follow us on Twitter @Raytheon.

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Top Employers – Alabama – Huntsville Hospital

Huntsville Hospital
Street Address: 911 Big Cove Rd SE
Huntsville, AL 35801-3784
Phone Number: (256) 265-1000


Size of Employer: 7,000

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Huntsville Hospital is an 881-bed hospital that was established in Huntsville, Alabama in 1895. A community-based, not-for-profit institution, Huntsville Hospital is the second largest hospital in Alabama and the sixth largest publicly owned hospital system in the nation. Huntsville Hospital employs nearly 7,000 employees and has a Medical Staff with more than 750 physicians. Huntsville Hospital serves as the major referral hospital and trauma center for patients throughout the Tennessee Valley and is a teaching facility for UAB’s Family Practice and Internal Medicine Residency Programs. The hospital also operates Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, one of only three pediatric hospitals in the state, and the 60-bed Madison Hospitalthat opened in February 2012. Affiliates of Huntsville Hospital include the 101-bed Athens-Limestone Hospital, 185-bed Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, 25-bed Red Bay Hospital, 273-bed Decatur General Hospital, 120-bed Parkway Medical Center, The Heart Center, Inc of Huntsville and a multi-specialty physician network. Huntsville Hospital also owns a 70-bed rehabilitation hospital in Huntsville which is managed by HealthSouth. Huntsville Hospital is governed by volunteers through the Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville.

Boeing Celebrates 50 Years in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, AL   — The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today celebrates 50 years in Alabama, where employees play a vital role in building and sustaining the United States’ space and defense programs.

The largest aerospace company in the state of Alabama, Boeing maintains its Strategic Missile & Defense Systems headquarters in Huntsville, as well as its largest program, Ground-based Midcourse Defense. Huntsville also hosts Boeing Exploration Launch Systems, which oversees the Space Launch System – NASA’s new heavy-lift launch vehicle – and support to the International Space Station.

“Alabama and the Tennessee Valley region are rich in resources that have helped to make Boeing successful here – an excellent work ethic, innovative and talented people, and valued community partners,” said Tony Jones, Boeing vice president and Huntsville site leader. “We are very proud, but not surprised, to have achieved this significant milestone.

“This community has been instrumental in creating an environment that is good for business, good for the customers here and good for Boeing,” Jones continued. “We’re thankful that Boeing and Alabama have been a great team for many years, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our relationship.”

Throughout Boeing’s 50 years of operation in Alabama, local employees have built a reputation for innovation and engineering excellence in space technology, systems engineering, and missile defense. Boeing engineers have achieved significant technology advances with programs such as the Saturn S-1C booster rocket that delivered astronauts to the moon; the Lunar Roving Vehicle that allowed human exploration of the moon’s surface; the Skylab Orbital Workshop; and the crew habitat for the International Space Station.

The on-site celebration begins today at 10 a.m. Central time with a proclamation from Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle declaring this week to be Boeing Employee Week.

“Boeing has made a significant difference in our communities in its 50 years doing business here,” said Battle. “Their commitment has attracted new business to foster economic development, funded our schools, strengthened our arts and civic life, and led the way in important new areas, like environmental sustainability and conservation. We’re looking forward to another 50 years of partnership with The Boeing Company.”

Current company operations in Huntsville include support to the Standard Missile-3 Block IIB program, the Arrow Weapon System, the Avenger air defense system, and the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 seeker. The site also hosts Boeing’s Rotorcraft Support business, and provides engineering support for commercial and commercial-derivative airplanes. With innovative and affordable capabilities to support the customer, Boeing in Huntsville is a low-cost, high-tech center of excellence.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $32 billion business with 62,000 employees worldwide. Follow us on Twitter: @BoeingDefense.

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Fifty-Seven Student Rocket Teams To Take NASA Launch Challenge, April 2012

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HUNTSVILLE, AL /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More than 500 students from middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities in 29 states will show their rocketeering prowess in the 2011-12 NASA Student Launch Projects flight challenge. The teams will build and test large-scale rockets of their own design in April 2012.

NASA created the twin Student Launch Projects to spark students’ imaginations, challenge their problem-solving skills and give them real-world experience. The project aims to complement the science, mathematics and engineering lessons they study in the classroom.

“Just as NASA partners with innovative companies such as ATK to pursue the nation’s space exploration mission, these young rocketeers pool their talent and ingenuity to solve complex engineering problems and fly sophisticated machines,” said Tammy Rowan, manager of Marshall’s Academic Affairs Office.

A record 57 teams of engineering, math and science students will take part in the annual challenge, organized by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Fifteen middle and high school teams will tackle the non-competitive Student Launch Initiative, while 42 college and university teams will compete in the University Student Launch Initiative. The latter features a $5,000 first-place award provided by ATK Aerospace Systems of Salt Lake City, Utah.

“This competition is extremely important to ATK to mentor and train our future workforce,” said Charlie Precourt, ATK general manager and vice president of Space Launch Systems. Precourt is a former space shuttle astronaut who piloted STS-71 in 1995 and commanded STS-84 in 1997 and STS-91 in 1998. “ATK is proud to enter our fifth year as a partner with NASA on this initiative to engage the next generation. The competition grows in impact each year.”

Each Student Launch Projects team will build a powerful rocket, complete with a working science or engineering payload, which the team must design, install and activate during the rocket launch. The flight goal is to come as close as possible to an altitude of 1 mile, requiring a precise balance of aerodynamics, mass and propulsive power.

As in classroom studies, participants must “show their work,” writing detailed preliminary and post-launch reports and maintaining a public website for their rocket-building adventure. Each team also must develop educational engagement projects for schools and youth organizations in its community, inspiring the imaginations and career passions of future explorers.

In April, the teams will converge at Marshall, where NASA engineers will put the students’ creations through the same kind of rigorous reviews and safety inspections applied to the nation’s space launch vehicles. On April 21, 2012, students will firing their rockets toward the elusive 1-mile goal, operating onboard payloads and waiting for chutes to open, signaling a safe return to Earth.

The student teams will vie for a variety of awards for engineering skill and ingenuity, team spirit and vehicle design. These include two new prizes: a pair of TDS2000 Series oscilloscopes, which are sophisticated tools for studying the change in flow of electrical voltage or current. Donated by Tektronix Inc. of Beaverton, Ore., the oscilloscopes will be presented to the two school teams that earn the “Best Payload” and “Best Science Mission Directorate Challenge Payload” honors.

This year’s participants hail from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For a complete competitor list and more information about the challenge, visit:

The NASA Student Launch Projects are sponsored collaboratively by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Science Mission Directorate and Office of Education Flight Projects. For more information about NASA education initiatives, visit:


CONTACT: Ann Marie Trotta, Headquarters, Washington,; Angela Storey, Marshall
Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.,

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