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Note: This media advisory has been updated from the original version issued 5-16-07.

For Immediate Release
May 21, 2007

Media Contacts
Kristi Marren

Note: T. McKaig, MDA's Special Assistant for Reengineering, will provide welcoming remarks on behalf of MDA Director Lt. Gen. H. "Trey" Obering, who cannot attend opening ceremonies.

Media Advisory: Media Invited to Grand Opening of JHU Applied Physics Laboratory's Huntsville Field Office to Support Missile Defense Agency

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in Laurel, Md., has opened a field office in Huntsville, Ala., to support an array of air and missile defense-related work for the Missile Defense Agency. The 3,200-square-foot facility, located at 150 West Park Loop, will be officially dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception held on May 23 at 1 p.m. APL Director Richard Roca and Huntsville Mayor Loretta Spencer will provide welcoming remarks.

Media are invited to attend the event. Interviews with APL field office personnel will be possible following the ceremony. If interested in attending, please contact Kristi Marren, or L. Mullinax for more information about the event.

APL's air and missile defense-related programs advance the effectiveness and readiness of U.S. military forces. The Laboratory works closely with MDA on a wide variety of programs, including those within the Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense, THAAD (Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense), Combined Test Force, Targets and Countermeasures, Sensors, and Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Engineering directorates now located in Huntsville. Additionally, APL serves as technical direction agent for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense program, and is a principal technical advisor for MDA's Sensors Directorate.
Through its expertise in research, development, engineering, testing, and evaluation of current and future air defense-related systems and technologies, APL is helping MDA solve some of its most critical challenges in ballistic missile defense.
APL, 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.
What:     Grand opening of APL's Huntsville field office

Who:      APL field office representatives and invited guests from the Missile Defense Agency and
Huntsville community; select APL personnel will be available for interviews

When:    Wed., May 23
   1-3 p.m.

Where:   APL's Huntsville Field Office
The Atrium Building
150 West Park Loop, Suite 308
Huntsville, AL 35806
   For directions, visit www.jhuapl.edu/aboutapl/fieldoffices/huntsville/default.asp

To attend the event, please contact:
Kristi Marren, APL Public Affairs Representative
240-228-6268 or 443-778-6268

For information about the event, please contact:
L. Mullinax, Open House Coordinator
(256) 350-8810


The Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is a not for profit laboratory and division of The Johns Hopkins University. APL conducts research and development primarily for national security and for nondefense projects of national and global significance. APL is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., in Laurel, Md. For information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.