NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 25, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has received the Five Star Recognition award from the Virginia Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The award was presented to the company's Newport News sector for its outstanding support of the National Guard and Reserve.
The Virginia ESGR is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Five Star Recognition is the highest-level recognition presented to employers for providing Guard and Reserve member employees with more support than what is required by law.
The Newport News sector was recognized for its military leave policy, which guarantees employment and benefits for employees called to serve in the Guard and Reserve. Additionally, employees called to active duty are paid the difference between their military pay and their normal earnings and they receive uninterrupted continuous service for all time spent on active duty. Northrop Grumman is the first company in Virginia to receive the Five Star Recognition.
"Since 2001, we've had more than 100 employees called to active duty," said Bill Ermatinger, vice president of Human Resources and Administration for Northrop Grumman Newport News. "We are very proud of the work they're doing, and we will continue to support them as they support our country through their service."
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been a large supporter of their Guard and Reserve employees for many years. The company provides salary differential, and offers a continuation option of insurance benefits. Correspondence by fellow employees to the mobilized member and a family support system provide the peace of mind to the military member while he/she is deployed. Northrop Grumman values its Guard and Reserve, as well as retired military, employees because of the vast experience they bring to the company upon employment.
Northrop Grumman Newport News, headquartered in Newport News, Va., is the nation's sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two companies capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines. Newport News also provides after-market services for a wide array of naval and commercial vessels. The Newport News sector employs about 19,000 people.
CONTACT: Jennifer Dellapenta Northrop Grumman Newport News (757) 380-3558 Jennifer.Dellapenta@ngc.com