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December 20, 2001
For Immediate Release

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Top Navy Awards Presented to Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and Former Assistant Director

Two of the Navy's top honors were bestowed upon The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and one of its former assistant directors Dec. 18 for exceptional service and contributions to the U.S. Navy.

On behalf of Gordon England, secretary of the Navy, Paul Schneider, principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, and retired Rear Adm. David Altwegg, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for theater combat systems, presented the awards to Eugene Hinman and the Laboratory in a ceremony at APL's Laurel, Md., facility.

Department of the Navy Medal for Distinguished Public Service

Eugene Hinman, former assistant director for Laboratory programs at APL (retired March 2001), who resides in Stevensville, Md., was awarded the Navy's Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the highest such honor the department can bestow on a civilian. "For nearly three decades, he occupied a key leadership position in developing critical Navy air defense and strike war fighting capabilities," Schneider said, "and inspired the APL team to strive for excellence in fulfilling its roles as part of the [Navy's] trusted agent resource." Schneider notes that Hinman's significant accomplishments in many Navy programs, essential to the Navy's ability to move competently and successfully into the 21st century, are testament to Mr. Hinman's management and technical prowess. "Mr. Hinman's innovative leadership and total devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself in keeping with the highest tradition of the Department of the Navy."

Mr. Hinman is the 10th person in APL's history to receive this honor.

Department of the Navy Award of Merit for Group Achievement

The Office of the Secretary of the Navy also presented a group achievement award to APL for its outstanding contributions in development and proof of concept demonstration of the Area Air Defense Commander (AADC), a capability used to help joint forces commanders quickly and easily plan and coordinate air defense operations against enemy air attacks theater wide.

"APL's prototype of this new capability, strenuously tested in a 1998 Joint Forces Command exercise, was so successful that its development effort was expedited," Schneider said. Referring to the Lab's quick install of the system and training of war fighters aboard a command ship prior to its deployment, Schneider said, "This Herculean effort was accomplished on time and within budget. AADC promises to raise the bar for performance in theater air defense planning and execution. APL is commended for its outstanding work in providing a revolutionary war fighting system."

This award is presented to corporations, associations or other groups for outstanding services to the Department of the Navy in connection with a single project or program. The Navy grants this award for only the most outstanding contributions or achievements.

This is the Laboratory's third Navy Award of Merit. In 1997 APL received the award for its contributions to the Cooperative Engagement Capability program, an anti-air warfare system merging netted radar information from ship, aircraft and land-based sensor systems to form a common tactical picture of all participating platforms. In 1961 APL received the award for its outstanding service in development and analysis of ballistic missile systems.

The Applied Physics Laboratory, a division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.

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