BETHPAGE, N.Y., Oct. 28, 2009 -- Two Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employees were honored for their contributions to the Navy's EA-6B Prowler and EA-18G Growler electronic warfare communities. The awards were made by the Association of Old Crows (AOC).
Douglas Swoish, a member of the Aerospace Systems sector, was named a winner of the Col. Anton D. Brees Life Achievement Award, which recognizes AOC members who have rendered exemplary service to the Association and to the field of electronic warfare and information operations.
Joseph Farina, of the Technical Services sector, received the AOC's Industry award for 2009, a competitive award given to those who have contributed significantly to electronic warfare, information operations and related efforts.
"These awards only underscore the pride and gratitude we have for Doug and Joe for what they have accomplished as individuals and what they have contributed to the nation, the warfighter and the company," said Steve Hogan, vice president, Northrop Grumman Information Operations and Electronic Attack integrated product team. "The world of electronic warfare is an esoteric one. Those who fight the electronic battles and those who build their weapons must deal with threats that change almost daily. It takes the best minds to design and use these weapons. These two men are the best of the best."
Farina, as Northrop Grumman's logistics manager and product support integrator for EA-6B Improved Capability (ICAP) III program, supports the Electronic Attack Wing Pacific Fleet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. Working with the wing, he helps support fleet squadrons and the Fleet Replacement Squadron in their use of the new ICAP III system, which is the latest airborne electronic attack system to go into service.
Farina has been a member of the company's historic field support services team, now a part of the Northrop Grumman's Technical Services sector, much of his 46-year company career. As such, he has been the warfighter's link to the company to ensure that the Prowlers of today, Tomcats, Intruders and Hawkeyes in the past and, soon, Growlers, were always ready for combat. He was also awarded the Manned Space-Flight Awareness Award from NASA for his work on Apollo 16 in addition to several company awards.
"Joe is a highly valued member of not only the Technical Services team but also an outstanding representative of the company at large," said David Werkheiser, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Technical Services Life Cycle Optimization and Engineering Group. "He is the epitome of being the best in the world at what he does, and we congratulate him on this recognition."
Swoish is the director of Northrop Grumman's EA-6B and EA-18G programs. Previously, he had a stellar career with the United States Navy, capping it with the rank of Captain as commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, where he was responsible for 18 EA-6B commands, over 4000 personnel.
His decorations include the Distinguished Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Strike/Flight Air Medals, and various other service medals and ribbons. Swoish has also won the Navy League's 2002 "Admiral Perry Leadership Award," the National AOC 2002 "Operations Award," and the New York City Metropolitan AOC Club's "Distinguished Service Award."
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