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SEVENTEEN CIVILIANS RECEIVE AIR MEDALS FROM U.S. AIR FORCE FOR OPERATION DESERT STORM

 SEVENTEEN CIVILIANS RECEIVE AIR MEDALS FROM U.S. AIR FORCE
 FOR OPERATION DESERT STORM
 MELBOURNE, Fla., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- General Merrill A. McPeak, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, presented Air Medals today to 17 civilians and 31 military personnel for distinguished service in flying aboard the two Joint STARS aircraft during Operation Desert Storm last year.
 The 17 recipients -- ten from Grumman Corporation, four from Norden Systems, Inc., two from PAR Technology Corporation and one from the MITRE Corporation -- are the only civilians receiving the Air Medal for Operation Desert Storm. All recipients were members of the 4411th Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System Squadron in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Established in 1942, the Air Medal is a bronze compass rose displaying an eagle in flight bearing lightning bolts.
 "The technology of Joint STARS is impressive enough," said Gen. McPeak, "but the fact that you took a development program and made it into an operational asset in four months is even more impressive. I doubt any of you, military or civilian, expected this opportunity when you signed up to work this program. But you proved you could back your words about the Joint STARS program with action. You accomplished the mission, and you saved a lot of American lives in the process. I've said before that we never again want to fight without a Joint STARS kind of system. Thanks to you, we'll never have to."
 Joint STARS -- Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System -- is a battle management system being developed for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army that will detect, locate, track and classify enemy formations at long range, and guide aircraft and missiles against them. The two prototype E-8A aircraft were pulled out of development six years before initial operational capability to serve in Operation Desert Storm. The system was operated by U.S. military personnel at all times, while civilian flight crew members provided system support and in-flight maintenance. The two Joint STARS aircraft provided air and ground commanders a real-time tactical view of the battlefield never before achieved in warfare's history.
 Over the course of 49 consecutive all-night missions, Joint STARS pinpointed enemy convoys, trucks, tanks, and scud launchers, and relayed that information to allied fighters and ground forces.
 Grumman Melbourne Systems Division has been working on Joint STARS under the initial full-scale development contract since award in 1985.
 Grumman Corporation (NYSE: GQ) is best known as a leading international aircraft and aerospace company. Other businesses range from sophisticated integrated information and electronics systems to U.S. Postal Service delivery trucks. Headquartered in Bethpage, N.Y., Grumman employs more than 22,800 people. Revenues were $4 billion in 1991.
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 /CONTACT: Kathy Housley of Grumman, 516-575-4938 or 407-951-6814/
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