GySgt. Jonathan E. Thornton Named Aviation Ground Marine of the Year


DULLES, Va.May 22, 2018-- Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA), a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, congratulates GySgt. Jonathon E. Thornton of the Marine Wing Support Squadron 372 for receiving the Marine Corps Aviation Association s (MCAA) Jack W. Demmond award at the MCAA Annual Symposium. The award, sponsored by Orbital ATK, recognizes the Aviation Ground Marine of the Year and was established in honor of Lt. Col. Jack W. Demmond, who served Marine Corps aviation with versatility and distinction for more than 29 years. The award recognizes the most outstanding contribution by a ground Marine serving with Marine aviation. The recipients are Marines of all ranks who are nominated by their superiors and vetted through Headquarters Marine Corps.

IMG_0395GySgt Jonathon E. Thornton, Marine Wing Support Squadron - 372, is the recipient of the Jack W. Demmond award for Aviation Ground Marine of the Year. Presented by John Scheiner, Orbital ATK, 19 May 2018 at the MCAA National Convention and Reunion. (Photo: Business Wire)

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate GySgt. Jonathan E. Thornton for being recognized in a field of his peers of highly successful and accomplished Marines, said Cary Ralston, Vice President and General Manager of the Defense Electronic Systems Division of Orbital ATK s Defense Systems Group. Orbital ATK is honored to once again partner with the MCAA to sponsor the Jack W. Demmond Award and recognize GySgt. Jonathan E. Thornton s significant contributions to keeping our nation safe.

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