FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Dec. 23, 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it has appointed Charles W. "Charlie" Lyon corporate lead executive for company business in Hampton, Va. Lyon reports to Timothy C. Jones, vice president, aviation and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Lyon will replace the retiring Timothy A. Peppe.

"I am pleased to welcome Charlie Lyon as our new lead executive in Hampton," said Jones. "His extensive military leadership experience, particularly leading Air Force combat operations, will be a great asset in helping Northrop Grumman provide its broad range of capabilities in support of our customers.

"Tim Peppe has been a superb executive for the corporation over the past ten years," Jones added. "We wish Tim and his family the very best in retirement."

In his new role, Lyon represents the company to customers in the eastern region including joint and Air Force commands across the continental United States and Europe, such as European Command, Africa Command, Air Combat Command, Global Strike Command, Air & Education Training Command and U.S. Air Forces Europe.

Lyon joins Northrop Grumman after retiring from the Air Force with more than 32 years of service. His final assignment was director of Operations, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Hampton, Va. He was promoted to major general in 2010. During his Air Force career Lyon commanded at the squadron, group, wing and task force levels, leading airmen in Operations Iraqi Freedom/Northern Watch/Southern Watch/Provide Comfort (Iraq) and Allied Force (Serbia). A command pilot, Lyon has 3,800 hours in F-16, B-1, KC-135, E-8C, RC-135, RQ-1 and HH-60 aircraft, including more than 1,100 combat flying hours. As the 9 th Air Expeditionary Task Force commander, he commanded Air Force forces in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.

Lyon earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. and a master's degree in national security strategy from the National War College. He also attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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