ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 3, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has named Richard G. Matthews vice president of aviation products and site manager for its St. Augustine Manufacturing Center, home of the U.S. Navy's airborne early warning and battle management command and control aircraft, the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.
Matthews joins Northrop Grumman after a 25-year career with the Air Force, retiring as colonel. Most recently he was vice director of the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. He replaces Steven Timmerman who will be retiring from Northrop Grumman in December after 33 years of service to the company.
"Rick has much to offer Northrop Grumman and the community of St. Augustine," said Duke Dufresne, sector vice president of Northrop Grumman Integrated Systems sector Eastern Region. "Rick has managed major aircraft modification and maintenance organizations for the military. With that experience and his educational background he is well prepared to maintain the site's legacy of outstanding product quality and help it win new work in the coming years."
Matthews earned a master's degree in business administration from Golden Gate University, a master's degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University and a bachelor's degree in marketing management from Virginia Tech. He is also a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University Executive Management Program and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC. While at Maxwell Air Force Base, he completed Air Command and Staff College and Squadron Officer School.
Northrop Grumman's St. Augustine facility is preparing for the first flight of the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye test aircraft later this summer. A second test E-2D is scheduled to fly at the end of this year. A pilot production contract for E-2Ds is expected from the U.S. Navy in the coming months.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.
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