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8 January 1998
For Immediate Release

Awards Presented to APL and Three Staff Members

The U.S. Navy's Program Executive Office for Theater Air Defense (PEO(TAD)) presented Surface Missile Systems (SMS) awards on Dec. 17, 1997, to The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md., and three of its staff members for significant contributions to the success of the Talos, Terrier, and Tartar missile systems.

While making the presentations, Retired Rear Adm. David Altwegg, Deputy Program Executive Officer, Theater Air Defense, praised APL for its "fundamental role in the development of system engineering techniques that produced the Navy's anti-air warfare capability," and its "steadfast dedication over five and a half decades to the well-being of the U.S. Navy." The plaque cites APL's "outstanding service as technical direction agent of the Naval Sea Systems Command's Talos, Terrier, and Tartar AAW systems."

In accepting the award for the Laboratory, Eugene Hinman, Assistant Director for Programs, thanked the Navy and applauded the efforts of the individuals honored. He noted that the "fundamental purpose of APL has not changed [for more than five decades] - service to the nation, principally the Navy."

PEO (TAD) also bestowed awards on Alexander (Lex) Hughes, Donald C. Mitchell, and Sidney Taylor for their significant impact on the Terrier, Tartar, and Standard Missile Systems, and their many years of "outstanding contributions to the Surface Missile Systems Programs."

In presenting the SMS plaque to Hughes, Altwegg said it was "in recognition of his key systems engineering work contributing to the success of fleet AAW." Hughes, a group supervisor, has worked at the Laboratory for 35 years developing and evaluating radars, and conducting system analysis and testing of shipboard weapon and missile systems.

Mitchell was recognized for his "28 years of professional experience dedicated to the development of guided missile weapon systems for the U.S. Navy." An 18-year staff member at APL, Mitchell has been involved in system engineering in the design and development of the CGN/SM-2, Tartar New Threat Upgrade, and Terrier weapon systems.

Taylor was honored as an early developer of technology for Navy shipboard radars. Employed by APL in 1952, Mr. Taylor pioneered in the development of signal processing for shipboard fire control radars. Altwegg said of Taylor, "His commitment to technical excellence and maximum system performance at sea have won him respect throughout the Laboratory, peer organizations, the acquisition community, and the Fleet."

The Applied Physics Laboratory is a non-for-profit Laboratory and independent division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance. Located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in Laurel, Md., APL employees 2,700 full-time staff members.

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