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GREENWICH AIR SERVICES WINS AWARD FROM GRUMMAN CORP.; MIAMI-BASED COMPANY SELECTED AS 1991 SMALL BUSINESS SUB-CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR

GREENWICH AIR SERVICES WINS AWARD FROM GRUMMAN CORP.; MIAMI-BASED COMPANY SELECTED AS 1991 SMALL BUSINESS SUB-CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR
 MIAMI, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Greenwich Air Services has been named the 1991 Small Business Subcontractor of the Year by Grumman Corporation.
 Greenwich was selected from thousands of contractors who provide services and support for Grumman Corp., one of the world's largest aerospace concerns. In January, the Bethpage, N.Y.-based company selected four finalists for the annual award. The final announcement of the award was made today.
 "We're obviously delighted with the award," said Eugene P. Conese Jr., president and CEO of Greenwich Air Services. "It's an honor to have our efforts recognized by such a distinguished company, and the award provides a measure of our dedication to customer service."
 Among the factors that won the award for Greenwich, Conese cited the role that his company played last year in an operation to deploy vital aircraft to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, in cooperation with Grumman Corp.
 Greenwich Air Services provides maintenance support for the Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (J/STARS), an airborne radar system which provides targeting and battle management data to air and ground commanders. J/STARS is a cooperative venture between branches of the armed services and private industry; Grumman is the primary contractor on the project.
 Originally scheduled for completion in 1996, the J/STARS system was pressed into service during the conflict in the Persian Gulf, nearly six years ahead of schedule. Greenwich's role in the J/STARS team was to prepare the aircraft prior to their deployment to Saudi Arabia. Then, 15 Greenwich employees voluntarily accompanied the aircraft to Saudi Arabia, and worked around the clock to keep the aircraft in the air. In many cases, the Greenwich crew was forced to work during Scud missile attacks, in full chemical warfare gear. As a result of the crew's efforts, the aircraft were 100-percent mission capable, and flew a total of 54 consecutive combat sorties.
 For the Grumman award, Greenwich received a vote of support from Lt. Gen. Gordon E. Fornell of the United States Air Force. "These sorties were instrumental in saving Allied lives and shortening the duration of the war," said Lt. Gen. Fornell.
 According to Conese, "the Desert Storm assignment is another example of how Greenwich Air Services is prepared to go anywhere in the world to support our customers."
 Greenwich Air Services recently expanded its operation with the acquisition of the former Eastern Airlines Engine Service Center at Miami International Airport, a 400,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility which is one of the largest full-service aviation maintenance centers in the world. The firm provides maintenance and repair services for the industry's most widely used engines and components, including the Pratt & Whitney JT3D, JT8D and JT9D; the Rolls Royce RB211-22B and RB211-535E4; the General Electric CF6-50 and J-79. The company also services engines and components for industrial and marine applications, including the Pratt & Whitney GG3 and GG4, and the General Electric LM1500 and LM2500.
 The company complies with military standards MIL-Q-9858A and MIL-I-45208A, and is approved as a Level II military supplier. Greenwich Air Services holds FAA Repair Station Certificate RH2R135L, and has a Class 3 Power Plant rating and a Class 1, 2 and 3 Accessory rating.
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 /CONTACT: Jim Murphy of Bruce Rubin Associates, Inc., 305-448-7450, for Greenwich Air Services/ CO: Greenwich Air Services; Grumman Corporation ST: Florida, New York IN: AIR ARO SU:


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