Ocala Lockheed Martin Employees Receive Prestigious NOVA Award

OCALA, Fla., November 7, 2011 --

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has awarded two employees from its Ocala business unit with the corporation's highest recognition for individual achievements, the NOVA Award.

"The 2011 NOVA recipients exemplify the can-do spirit and uncompromising integrity our customers expect from us - and deserve," said Bob Stevens, Lockheed Martin's Chairman and CEO. "For that, we owe our NOVA honorees our gratitude. Those honored represent the ‘best of the best' of our outstanding workforce."

The NOVA Award is presented annually to less than one percent of the corporation's worldwide employees for their outstanding contributions to the corporation's mission and business objectives. The Lockheed Martin NOVA Awards were created in 1995. The name "NOVA" aptly describes the contribution of the winners as the bright stars of the corporation.

The 2011 Ocala Lockheed Martin NOVA Award honorees are:

  • Brian O'Connor received an individual NOVA Award for Full Spectrum Leadership. Through O'Connor's leadership, Lockheed Martin's Ocala Operations maintained on-schedule and on-cost performance on current programs and rapidly grew the workforce to meet increasing business commitments. His commitment to talent development is integrated throughout his organization and was vital to Ocala's IndustryWeek Top 10 Best Plants Award.
  • Debbie Gilley received the NOVA Ethics Award. Her attention to detail and persistence in challenging procedures ensured continued reliability on various programs.

Awards were presented to 2011 NOVA Award honorees on October 28 during a ceremony held at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation's 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.7 billion.