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Building trust with Embraer How transparency is helping set us apart from the competition.


A leader is someone who will take you to a place you might not otherwise go. When I started at Rockwell International in a marketing role in 1979, I never thought about becoming a CEO. While I was drawn toward leadership opportunities, and I could see myself in a senior management role, the most senior leader I knew at the time was the general manager of my division. Looking back, I realize I am where I am today because there were others – leaders at Rockwell International – who recognized my potential, saw my passion for leadership, provided opportunities for growth, and steered me toward roles I would have never considered on my own. It’s one of the reasons why my favorite definition of a leader is someone who will take you to a place you might not otherwise go. Serving as CEO of Rockwell Collins has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I came into this role at a time when some thought Rockwell Collins wouldn’t survive as a stand-alone company. And now, as I look forward to retirement, I leave knowing that the company will not only survive, it will grow and thrive. I know this because Rockwell Collins’ successes are the result of extraordinary talents and commitment of so many. Unlike some sports where you can win with a superstar, this company has achieved success with effective teamwork and strong leadership – at all levels. One example of this can be found in the cover story of this issue of Horizons magazine. You’ll read about how teamwork among all levels of leadership helped Rockwell Collins build transparency and trust with Embraer in Brazil. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of change, and I recognize Rockwell Collins will continue to experience change long after I’ve bid my last farewell. For that reason, I am pleased that Kelly Ortberg will succeed me as president and CEO. Kelly brings a rich depth of experience to this position, having run both our commercial and government businesses. He knows how to set direction, he knows how to allocate resources Clay Jones Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

appropriately but, most importantly, he knows how to lead people to a place they might not otherwise go. It has been a privilege to serve as CEO over the past 12 years. Thanks to each of you for your contributions to this great company and for your commitment to building trust – every day. b

I N T H I S I SSUE A magazine for the employees and friends of Rockwell Collins Publisher: David Yeoman Editorial director: Cindy Dietz Managing editor: Cindy Adkins Editor: Crystal Hardinger Creative direction: Rick Kaufman




Copy editors: Karen Steggall Joan Schaffer

Courting customers


Principal Account Manager Rony Kalaany explains why business rarely begins with business in the Middle East.

Staff writers: Jill Wojciechowski Annette Busbee Kelly Scott Nathan Pilling

COV E R STO RY Building trust with Embraer


A look back at a memorable career


In Brazil, where relationships are as important as the solutions we provide, transparency helps set us apart from the competition.

Clay Jones, who will retire as CEO on July 31, charted a new era for Rockwell Collins and helped shape it into the multi-billion dollar company it is today.

Moving forward


Why Kelly Ortberg is ready to lead Rockwell Collins to new levels of growth.

Dave DeWitte Photography: Airbus, page 2 Embraer, cover, pages 4, 7 Mark Tade, Iowa City, Iowa, pages 18, 19 Jon Read, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, pages 8, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 Mike Green, Reading, United Kingdom, page 20 Design: WDG Communications Inc. How to contact us:

Leading thoughts


The newest members of the Rockwell Collins Senior Leadership Council recently shared personal experiences that led to leadership growth.

Email: Horizons Rockwell Collins MS 124-302 400 Collins Road NE

Problem solvers: Everyone, every day


How does one Rockwell Collins team measure up to the world’s top Lean leader?

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The rise of Hermes


Rockwell Collins’ Hermes 2100 software continues to evolve to help airlines improve communications and operational efficiency.

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Service anniversaries


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On the cover

On the back cover

Embraer Defense and Security and the Brazilian Air Force selected Rockwell Collins to provide our Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system for the KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft, making it the first application of Pro Line Fusion on a military platform.

This ad – which reads, “The place we’ve called home for 40 years” in Brazilian Portuguese – has appeared in publications in Brazil. It was designed to emphasize the commitment and pride our employees in São José dos Campos, Brazil, have demonstrated for four decades.

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O lugar que nós chamamos de casa há 40 anos.

The following articles may contain forwardlooking statements including statements about the company’s business prospects. Actual results may differ materially from those projected, as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including

Todo dia nossos empregados em São José dos Campos demonstram o compromisso e o orgulho que fazem parte de ser brasileiro. O mesmo faz sua empresa. Os investimentos da Rockwell Collins em projetos e produção sustentados para clientes comerciais e militares contribuem para a economia local e nossa transferência de tecnologia acentua a tradição de inovação do Brasil. Estamos orgulhosos de sermos parte do sucesso global do Brasil.

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Airbus A350 XWB first flight historic for Rockwell Collins teams system provider than on previous Airbus programs,” said Christophe Blanc, senior director of Airbus programs. “We have been able, with the cooperation of our third party suppliers, to contribute to this great milestone for the A350 XWB. This event allowed us to thank all our teams and suppliers for all their efforts leading to this success.” Four days after the first flight, our company received a Gold Award from Airbus for “outstanding levels of customer satisfaction” during the Airbus Suppliers Rockwell Collins has more content on the A350 XWB than on previous Airbus platforms.

Rockwell Collins employees who were part of the design and development of the Airbus A350 XWB were thrilled to see the aircraft achieve a successful first flight on June 14 via live broadcast. The new aircraft took off from Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France. Video footage of the flight is available at the Airbus channel on and at “Seeing this new Airbus fly made us more proud than ever, given our increased participation as a larger

Awards ceremony at the Paris Air Show. Rockwell Collins has more content on the A350 XWB than on previous Airbus platforms. Our company is providing the communication, information management, navigation, data network and landing systems, along with the Trimmable Horizontal Stabilizer Actuator and rudder/ brake assembly. We also have more system responsibility on the A350 XWB than on previous Airbus platforms. For example, Rockwell Collins led all integration activities as the Tier 1 supplier for the Communication Global Work Package. b

Rockwell Collins and China Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute celebrate joint venture grand opening Rockwell Collins and China Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced in June the formal incorporation and grand opening of a joint venture — AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company. The new joint venture will initially develop, manufacture and deliver integrated surveillance system products for the COMAC C919 program in China. “The formalization of our first joint venture with AVIC demonstrates the strongest cooperation yet between our organizations,” said Kent Statler, executive vice president

“Together, our companies will further deepen a mutually

and chief operating officer, Commercial Systems. “The

beneficial relationship that shares the prosperity and

creation of AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company

growth of China and the world civil aviation market.”

is a major milestone in supporting the COMAC C919

Rockwell Collins has been working with the Chinese

program, as well as another step forward in supporting

aviation industry and its suppliers for 30 years. Our

the growing aviation industry in China.”

company’s equipment is installed in many airplanes

“The establishment of this joint venture unveils a


Executives commemorated the grand opening of the new joint venture — AVIC Leihua Rockwell Collins Avionics Company — at a ribbon cutting ceremony in June in Wuxi, China, where the new entity will be based.

manufactured in China, including the ARJ21, MA60/600,

new chapter of cooperation between Rockwell Collins and

Y8, Y12, K8, AC312 and AC352, and is on nearly every

AVIC,” said Zhang Xinguo, senior vice president of AVIC.

western airliner operated by China’s airlines. b



Courting customers Principal Account Manager Rony Kalaany explains why business rarely begins with business in the Middle East. It’s 11 p.m. on a weekend, and Rony

is originally from Lebanon and has

Kalaany’s phone is ringing. It’s a

worked in the Middle East region for

business contact. Some might let

more than 15 years. “You need to be a

the call go to voicemail to be dealt

friend; customers will then trust you.”

with when the workweek begins,

Additionally, in a region where

but for Kalaany, a Rockwell Collins

word about reputation — both positive

principal account manager based in

and negative — gets around quickly,

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, almost

trust helps build a favorable brand.

no hours are off limits when it

According to Kalaany, Rockwell Collins

comes to speaking with a customer.

has built a reputation as a quality

Because he wants to help his business contact in any way he can, he answers the call. The customer on

company because our products have lasted 15 or even 20 years. “Customers here look for a bond

the phone is asking Kalaany to join

of trust – trust that what we are

him for coffee. Without a second

providing solves their problem and

thought, he agrees to meet shortly.

does so at a high quality standard,”

“If you are really committed, and you want a business

he said. That’s why whether meeting

relationship, you can’t say no,” he

with a customer for the first time

said, explaining that never directly

or for the hundredth, Kalaany’s

turning down a customer’s request

approach is the same. He knows

is part of the relationship building

that only after customers feel

process in the Middle East.

comfortable will they make a

Such a meeting with a customer

purchase. Even in his longest

might not even include talk about

standing relationships, he still sets

business. In fact, in the Middle East,

aside time to talk about personal

business rarely begins with business.

matters with his customers.

Cultural expectations there dictate

“The secret to business success

that business conversations begin with

in the Middle East is no mystery,”

family, the weather, the city, sports or

he said. “It’s all about patience,

cars — anything but business.

perseverance and partnerships.” b

“Business is personal in this

By Nathan Pilling

part of the world,” said Kalaany, who

Rony Kalaany, pictured at Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, often recommends the book “Don’t they know it’s Friday?” by Jeremy Williams to others who want to learn more about Middle East culture. The title refers to the fact that the weekend in the Middle East is Friday and Saturday instead of Saturday and Sunday.

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Building trust with Embraer In Brazil, where relationships are as important as the solutions we provide, transparency helps set us apart from the competition.

Our history of delivering to our commitments to Embraer was key in helping Rockwell Collins win the Pro Line FusionŽ integrated avionics system contract for Embraer’s KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft. 4


COV E R STO RY Nilson Rabelo’s job title may be systems engineer for

“Over our long history working together, I believe

Rockwell Collins, but his daily job on-site at Embraer’s

the name Rockwell Collins has become synonymous with

headquarters in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil,

trust,” said Rabelo. “That’s important in this country where

also includes the critical role of cultural interpreter.

relationships are as important as the solutions we provide.”

It’s at the Embraer facility where development is underway on the KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft for its first flight in 2014. Embraer Defense and Security and the Brazilian Air Force selected Rockwell Collins in April 2011 to provide our Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics system for the KC-390, making it the first application of Pro Line Fusion on a military platform. Being on-site allows Rabelo – who is Brazilian – to work face to face with Embraer systems engineers, unhindered by language, culture or time zone barriers. His 18 years of experience in engineering and customer support at Rockwell Collins – including three years in the United States – are put to good use facilitating communications between Embraer engineers in Brazil and our engineers in other parts of the world. “It’s very easy for me to walk over to the engineering area and find out if there’s anything Embraer engineers need, or if there’s a question they need addressed by someone at Rockwell Collins,” said Rabelo. “I can respond quickly with answers or resources to ensure clear communication.” Rabelo also is gaining valuable expertise working alongside his counterparts at Embraer. This will help Rockwell Collins in Brazil support the Pro Line Fusion system not only during production, but also during entry into service and operation with the Brazilian Air Force. Our customer affinity with Embraer involves a focus on the customer, transparency in communicating our company’s capabilities, and doing what we say we’re going to do. And it’s paying off with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer.

Peer to peer relationships The Brazilian culture is known for its diversity, openness and hospitality. Great importance is placed on the family, which is at the center of the country’s social structure. And just like family relationships, similar importance is placed on business relationships. As a result, Rockwell Collins has worked over a number of years to develop and maintain customer affinity at all levels of the Embraer organization – from senior executives to systems engineers. Since first joining Rockwell Collins 31 years ago, Nelson Aquino has been steadily building open and transparent relationships with his counterparts at Embraer through his roles as customer support engineer to commercial account representative and now as managing director of Rockwell Collins Brazil. “Brazilians want to do business with people who they trust and can call on if an issue arises,” said Aquino. “Our company has been open about what we can and cannot do, and we deliver on our commitments. That’s the basis of how we’ve achieved a high level of credibility within Embraer.”

Gaining momentum in Brazil Over the last decade, Brazil has opened its economy to foreign markets and investment – making it the seventh largest economy in the world. It’s one of the top countries of focus for Rockwell Collins as part of our international growth strategy.

A look at our customer, Embraer • The company, formed in 1969, is headquartered in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil. • Embraer has four business units, including commercial aviation, executive jets, defense and security, and agricultural aircraft.

• The aircraft manufacturer has more than 90 commercial aviation customers worldwide. • More than 5,000 Embraer aircraft operate in 80 countries on five continents. • Embraer is the market leader for commercial jets with up to 120 seats.

• The defense and security business unit provides systems for surveillance, combat and training missions to more than 20 air forces around the world. • Embraer has facilities in China, France, Portugal, Singapore and the United States, including the cities of Nashville, Tenn., and Ft. Lauderdale and Melbourne, Fla.

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COV E R STO RY As one of the world’s major original equipment

deck avionics for its Legacy 450/500 mid-size business

manufacturers (OEM), Embraer’s commercial and defense

jet program. At that time, our Pro Line Fusion technology

aircraft provide many opportunities for our company’s

was the right fit for the OEM’s newest business jets.

avionics solutions, including aftermarket business. Rockwell Collins first began working with Embraer

“Our Pro Line Fusion cockpit offered Embraer innovative technology that helped differentiate them

in the early 1970s when we supplied navigation solutions

in the market,” said Bob Lee, director of Air Transport

for the OEM’s first aircraft. Later that decade and into the

Systems Strategy Development. “The Embraer

1980s, we began providing avionics suites, including our

selection team was not just choosing an avionics

Pro Line II™ system for the EMB-120 turboprop commuter

system, but a supplier who shared their goal of

aircraft. That program was successful in introducing

delivering quality airplanes to their customers.

Embraer to our capabilities, our customer support services

Through our peer relationships, we were able to help

and our ability to meet customer expectations. In 2007, Embraer approached several companies, including Rockwell Collins, to develop integrated flight

them see that Rockwell Collins shared that same emphasis on quality and the customer, and it turned out to be a winning combination for both of us.”

Virginia Ferro and Nilson Rabelo, both principal systems engineers at Rockwell Collins in Brazil, demonstrate on a daily basis our company’s commitment to serving Brazilian customers. Since they are so close to Embraer headquarters, they can respond quickly with answers or resources to ensure clear communication. Ferro provides engineering expertise for Rockwell Collins solutions on the Legacy 450/500, while Rabelo is working on the avionics system for the KC-390 program.



Embraer selected our Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system for its Legacy 450/500 business jets.

Technology, trust lead to KC-390 win

this program, as well as for other Brazilian military

Two years after winning the Legacy program, Rockwell Collins

programs focused on securing and protecting the

was selected to provide our Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics

thousands of miles around the country’s borders.

system for the KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft. In addition

“We recognize that customers in Brazil want new

to our ability to leverage this advanced commercial cockpit

technologies that bring value without adding excessive

technology on a military platform, our performance and level

risk,” said Aquino. “That’s one of the reasons why trust

of affinity for the customer developed through the Legacy

is so important.”

program played key roles in the KC-390 win. “Embraer’s vice president of industrial operations

Beginning in 2007, during our pursuit of the Legacy 450/500 program, Rockwell Collins President Kelly Ortberg

was the head of that selection process,” recalled Aquino.

also played an important role in cultivating relationships

“He clearly expressed to us that we were awarded the

with Embraer. At that time, he was executive vice president

program because of the trust Embraer had in us. And he

and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems.

made that affirmation very clearly.” According to Aquino, trust will continue to be

As he looks back on how we’ve built our relationships with Embraer, he believes the customer

an important factor as Rockwell Collins is considered

affinity that has developed over the years will help us

for other opportunities in Brazil. For example, Embraer

win future business in Brazil.

Defense and Security has been named by the Brazilian

“We have to continue to have the right price, the right

Army as the prime contractor for a multi-year pilot

cost, the right innovation and the right capability to meet

program for the Integrated Border Monitoring System

Embraer’s objectives,” he said. “But our ability to build

(SISFRON) project. Rockwell Collins is able to offer

relationships and an affinity with our customers will set

expertise for the radio communications solution for

Rockwell Collins apart from the competition.” b By Annette Busbee

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A look back at a memorable career Clay Jones, who will retire as CEO on July 31, charted a new era for Rockwell Collins and helped shape it into the multi-billion dollar company it is today. His secret? A renewed focus on the customer, process discipline and, of course, trust. One of Clay Jones’ most vivid memories begins with a short walk to the New York Stock Exchange. It was July 2, 2001, and he had just exited his hotel, which faced one of the World Trade Center towers. As Jones walked around the corner, he saw an enormous banner above the stock exchange that read, “Rockwell Collins – COL LISTED NYSE.” While he and other senior leaders had been planning for our company’s spin-off from Rockwell International for months, the banner spurred strong emotions, ranging from excitement to anticipation, and brought clarity to the significance of the day. “There it was – literally – our name in lights. We were getting the opportunity to start a brand new company that wasn’t brand new,” recalled Jones, who became CEO of Rockwell Collins at the spin-off. “Later that morning, I rang the opening bell, and then I had the chance to buy the first hundred shares of Rockwell Collins stock that was ever traded. What a day.” It was like moving from minor league baseball to the big leagues. Yet, little did he know that his team would quickly learn whether they had their game together. The very first Board of Directors meeting following the spin-off was set for Sept. 12, 2001, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “On Sept. 11, 2001, we realized that everything that had been planned had just been tossed up in the air,” said Jones, who will retire as CEO at the end of July. “We had to hold the board meeting over the phone because no one could fly to Cedar Rapids after the terrorist attacks. It’s a phone call I’ll never forget.” Instead of presenting the annual operating plan as the agenda called for, he begged patience from the board as he worked to realign the company post 9/11. It was a pivotal moment that led to a pivotal year. Jones not only had to move the company in a new direction, he also had to prove to skeptical stakeholders that a brand new management team could take a blow and come through this crisis stronger than ever. Today, there’s no mistaking Jones’ impact in shaping Rockwell Collins – in both challenging times and periods



of extraordinary growth. Under his leadership, Rockwell Collins grew from $2.5 billion in annual revenues to a nearly $5 billion company, while also increasing total shareholder value by more than 200 percent. His success has often left others to wonder: How did he do it?

Unexpected career path A native of Nashville, Tenn., Jones spent eight years in the United States Air Force, primarily flying fighters like the F-15, after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in political science. He had hoped to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot, but when he left the Air Force in the late 1970s, the airlines weren’t hiring. A meeting with an Air Force buddy at a bar in 1979 quickly set Jones on an entirely new career path. His former flight commander in the Air Force suggested that he apply for a job at Rockwell International. He did and accepted a marketing role for defense electronics in Anaheim, Calif. “I was a fish out of water in that first job,” recalled Jones, who at the time had no marketing experience. “The first week I was there, the airlines started hiring again. Yet, I had given these people my word, and I didn’t want to renege on the deal. I knew I couldn’t just throw my arms up and give up.” In 1980, with his mind still on aviation,

along the way,” said Jones, who worked with Rockwell leaders like Jim McDivitt, a former astronaut and senior vice president, Government Operations and International; Sam Iacobellis, B1-B program manager and deputy chairman and executive vice president; and Don Beall, chairman and CEO. “Those opportunities got me to where I am today.” In 1995, while serving as the corporate senior vice president of Government Operations and International in Washington, D.C., Jones was offered a new challenge. He was asked to lead Rockwell Collins’ Air Transport Division in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Timely vision

Jones transferred to Rockwell’s aircraft

It’s hard to imagine today, but when Jones

division in El Segundo, Calif. Over the next

arrived in Cedar Rapids 18 years ago, every

15 years, he would hold various government

single program in the Air Transport division

affairs and marketing roles at Rockwell,

was overrunning its budget. Additionally,

each with increasing levels of responsibility.

the division had just lost major positions

He also obtained a Master of Business

on two aircraft platforms.

Administration degree from The George Washington University while working. “Throughout my career at Rockwell,

Top: Clay Jones rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on July 2, 2001. Bottom: Before the annual Business Update meeting in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2004, Jones talked with employees.

“I could have said no to the job,” recalled Jones, who at that point had spent his entire career on the government side of

I was fortunate to receive coaching and

Rockwell International. “But I knew I wasn’t

mentoring from some extraordinary,

being sent to Cedar Rapids to fail.”

talented people who really helped me

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E LT EI V C ETLREOANDIECRSS H I P EL EXAE N CU With his background in government affairs and marketing, Jones knew how to relate to customers and understood the importance of customer focus. He also

cooperating on one avionics display that could be used in both commercial and military marketplaces. “I wish I had brought an overcoat,” remembered Jones.

recognized the implications to future programs and

“The environment was very chilly because there was such

planning when teams can’t perform within expectations

a sense of distrust that had been built up over a long

and quickly worked to change that.

period of time between commercial and government. And

“In some ways, the business unit had lost its way

instead of figuring out how to make the project a win/

and its ability to listen and relate to the customer,” he

win, employees spent more time protecting their interests

explained. “The first thing we had to do was renew

than trying to put this deal together.

customer focus.” Not long after Jones arrived in Cedar Rapids, another

“In the back of my mind, I was thinking if I ever got a chance to approach this business differently,” he continued,

pivotal moment came during a meeting between

“I’d take advantage of those things that actually make the

leaders from the commercial avionics business and the

commercial and government businesses more similar than

government avionics business. As the vice president and

the things that make the groups different.”

general manager of the Rockwell Collins Air Transport Division, Jones was invited to a meeting to talk about

Serendipity A year later, Jones got that chance when Rockwell International divested and sold its aerospace and defense assets, particularly the original equipment manufacturing assets, to The Boeing Company. “We were given the responsibility to recreate the Collins businesses more efficiently because now instead of three separate divisions, we would have a single unit,” he explained. “From that was born the balanced business and shared services model, technology centers of excellence, and strategic planning processes that promoted trust, efficiency and eliminated redundancy. It was the start of what I see as the modern-day Rockwell Collins.” In January of 1999, after Jack Cosgrove retired as president of Rockwell Collins, Jones took his place and was named a corporate officer and senior vice president of Rockwell International. Then, in 2001, after the spin-off from Rockwell International, he became CEO of Rockwell Collins. As the new CEO, Jones got to pick the stock ticker. While his first choice was RCI, when he found out it was already taken by another company, he chose COL. “I decided to go with the component of our name that had the longest history – the Collins Radio Company that was founded in 1933,” he explained. “To be another public company, an independent company, sort of restored the old Collins Radio as a newer, fresher and, I would argue, stronger form.”

While Clay Jones plans to retire as chief executive officer of Rockwell Collins on July 31 after nearly 34 years of service, he will continue on our company’s board of directors as non-executive chairman.

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Those first few years after the spin-off drove home the strength of the balanced business model in the shared services environment along with strategic planning

THENEWS processes, especially as it dealt with aligning our company’s financial structure with strategic goals. Yet, as Jones looks back, some achievements also came with a little luck. “I feel most of life is serendipity, and it was serendipity that I was invited to a presentation on the importance of Lean at Boeing just as we were looking for a unifying operational excellence initiative,” he explained. “The idea of Lean – specifically what I called Lean ElectronicsSM – was born on our Sabreliner aircraft as Herm Reininga and I flew back from Seattle.” Jones knew that Lean Electronics, which was designed to carve out waste in both factories and offices, was fundamental to promoting change, improving processes, building trust and, ultimately, meeting customer requirements. “I believe Lean Electronics has contributed more to Rockwell Collins’ success than anything else,” he explained. “It changed the culture of the company because it made people aware of the impact we have on the customer and the importance of reducing waste, reducing costs and becoming more efficient.”

Clay Jones oversaw our company’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education strategies and regularly participated in activities to increase awareness of STEM-related careers, including FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions like the one pictured above.

recalled Jones. “It’s a memorable statement because I feel that’s what I’ve done at Rockwell Collins.” In April, Jones announced his retirement and that Kelly Ortberg, president of Rockwell Collins, will succeed

Providing a foundation

him as CEO. Today, as Jones looks forward

Since becoming CEO, Jones has had the

to retirement, he relishes the opportunities

opportunity to meet a number of high-

he’s had in building our company and

level leaders, including both U.S. Presidents

expects Rockwell Collins to continue to be

George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He’ll

great far into the future.

never forget his first meeting with Bush. Jones was in the West Wing of the

“Over the years, I’ve tried to pour a strong foundation, and now I leave thinking

White House as a member of the National

that it’s in a good place for the 19,000

Security Telecommunications Advisory

people in this company to continue to

Committee and, as Bush shook his hand,

lay bricks and build on,” he said. “When

Jones thanked him for his leadership,

I started here in 1995, this was a great

particularly after 9/11.

company. As I leave now, it’s an even better

“I caught his attention, and his

company. And with Kelly’s leadership,

response to me was, ‘Well, you know how

Rockwell Collins will continue to excel far

you get to be a good leader, don’t you?

into the future.” b

You surround yourself with good people,’”

By Crystal Hardinger

Clay Jones has always understood the importance of industry activism to help improve the business environment for our company. He serves on the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and is a member of the Business Roundtable, The Business Council and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Over the years, these roles have given him opportunities to meet with high-level leaders like George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States.

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Moving forward Why Kelly Ortberg is ready to lead Rockwell Collins to new levels of growth. It’s no surprise that Kelly Ortberg began his career as a mechanical engineer. He has many of the requisite traits: He’s analytical, strategic and methodical. It’s also part of what makes him so successful in business – he’s the guy who will have thought through any issue from every angle, looking for the insight that will foster better decisions. “Engineering teaches you basic problem-solving skills,” he said. “You can use those same skills on technical problems, business problems, all sorts of problems.” He is about to reach the pinnacle of success as a leader. When Clay Jones retires as CEO at the end of July, Ortberg is set to step into the role, steering the company with his own style of strategic thinking. For Ortberg, it’s a style with deep roots. “As a teenager trying to play football, I was pretty small,” he said. “I quickly learned that going head to head was not going to be a winning solution. So I had to be smarter. “I use that same line of thinking in how we approach our pursuit and order capture against the competition,” he continued. “I love going after the incumbent competitor in pursuits where people think we have no chance of winning. Sometimes big incumbents have become complacent in their strategy. I love to figure out how to use it to our advantage.”

Brother changed fate Ortberg began his professional career in 1982 when he joined the Defense Electronics division at Texas Instruments in Lewisville, Texas, as a mechanical engineer after graduating from The University of Iowa. “That first job really ignited my interest in the aerospace and defense market,” he explained. Years later, his younger brother, Todd, then a mechanical engineer at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, suggested that Ortberg take a closer look at the opportunities at our company. That decision would change his fate, setting him on a more businessfocused career path.

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EXECUTIVELEADERSHIP In 1987, Ortberg joined Rockwell Collins as a program manager for the Multi-functional Information Distribution System (MIDS) program. For the next six years, Ortberg served in various capacities within our company’s data links area, where he also was given an opportunity to do more work internationally as the program manager for the Swedish Ministry of Defense Data Link program known as Ra-90. In 1998, he was promoted to director of our advanced data links program, and he later set the strategy for our highly successful communications business as vice president and general manager of Communication Systems in Government Systems. “When I started, we didn’t have an advanced data link business,” said Ortberg. “We were able to create a

Kelly up close With Rockwell Collins since: 1987 Leader he admires: Alan Mulally, engineer and business executive who is the president and CEO of the Ford Motor Company Why he enjoys golf: The game keeps you humble. Yet, there’s always a chance for a great shot. Leadership style: Straightforward, strategic, competitive, careful listener

“We were in an important transition phase for the

new multi-million dollar business area.”

company,” explained Ortberg. “We had to think one step

A tested leader

ahead of our current situation. We couldn’t live in the moment.

After the terrorist attacks on 9/11, a strong leader was needed in Air Transport Systems to manage through the downturn in the commercial aviation marketplace. Ortberg was the right person for the job. While he didn’t have commercial aerospace experience, he understood how to motivate people to achieve their full potential and knew the formula for successful pursuit and order capture. “The air transport industry was really a mess after

We had to consider what was going to create challenges for us.” Ortberg’s network also proved beneficial. The trust he had developed with senior leaders at Embraer in Brazil while in Commercial Systems helped Rockwell Collins win the KC-390 tanker/transport aircraft contract, the first military application of Pro Line Fusion.

Preparing for the future Last September, Ortberg had a conflict during his regularly

9/11. Our organization was a bit dysfunctional, and

scheduled one-on-one meeting with Clay Jones, then

some were concerned that we had lost our way with a

chairman, president and CEO.

key customer,” he explained. “My role was to bring the

“I asked my assistant to call over and see if we could

organization together – help employees see how their

reschedule. Clay said no, so I thought, ‘Oh boy, I better get

roles contributed to the winning solution. That change

over there,’” remembered Ortberg. “When I met with him,

was a turning point for our company.”

he let me know that he and the board decided to appoint

Under Ortberg’s leadership, Rockwell Collins won key positions on the 787 Dreamliner in 2004, representing more

me as president. It’s a meeting I’m glad I didn’t miss.” In April, Jones announced his retirement and that

content than we have ever had on a Boeing aircraft. Two

Ortberg would succeed him as CEO. Today, as Ortberg looks

years later, Ortberg was named executive vice president

forward to his new role, he’s considering both current and

and chief operating officer of Commercial Systems. In this

future needs at Rockwell Collins.

role, he’d oversee the launch of our new Pro Line Fusion®

“I’ve always resonated with the Boy Scout motto, ‘Be

integrated avionics system and help our company more

prepared,’” said Ortberg, who is an Eagle Scout, the highest

than double its content on an Airbus airplane with the

rank in Boy Scouts. “I believe you should be fearless in how

A350 XWB wins.

you look at challenges, but realistic in how you attack those

In 2010, Ortberg was named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems. A leader who could make tough calls and had experience in prioritizing resources was needed to help focus on growth despite changes in defense spending.

challenges. To move forward, you have to be prepared.” And he believes Rockwell Collins is prepared to experience a bright future. “I’m honored and excited for this opportunity and am confident in our people and our company,” he said. b By Kelly Scott and Crystal Hardinger

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Leading thoughts For many great leaders, it wasn’t luck, but unique learning experiences that helped them rise to the top. The newest members of the Rockwell Collins Senior Leadership Council – Martha May, Colin Mahoney, Phil Jasper and Bruce King – recently shared personal experiences that led to growth within one of the six Rockwell Collins leadership attributes.

Martha May on building powerful networks Senior Vice President, Human Resources Relationship building often begins with a friendly gesture. Just ask Martha May. Back in the late 1980s, while May was in college and working part-time at American Airlines as a fleet service clerk, she had her eye on a supervisory role. At the time, May didn’t even have a resume, and she knew she was grossly under qualified for the job. Yet, an associate in the control tower helped her write her first resume and prepped her for the interview. “The woman, who remains a good friend to this day, gave me a real appreciation for what it means to invest in others,” explained May, whose career included 19 years at American Airlines, where she held a series of leadership positions leading various human resources and operations divisions. “And ultimately, about 12 years later, I was able to return the favor and recommend her for a job that she was perfect for and had become vacant when I left to run Terminal B at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.” The experience helped shape May’s views when it comes to building powerful networks. Today, instead of pursuing relationships thinking about what other people can do for her, she tries to help others first, particularly when it comes to recognizing opportunities to help others realize their dreams and aspirations. May also believes a genuine relationship starts with seeing the world from other people’s perspectives. For example, within her first 60 days at Rockwell Collins, she visited our facilities in Europe to better understand our company’s needs and resources to support international business growth. “People care when they know you care,” said May. “Personal relationships make all the difference in business. Trust is built, ironically, by extending it. Creating trust is a part of the job description for leaders today – it’s the most important thing we do.”

Martha up close With Rockwell Collins since: 2013; appointed senior vice president of Human Resources in April Select former roles: Senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Bell Helicopter; managing director of various human resources and operations divisions, as well as general manager of customer service for the Oklahoma City Airport, for American Airlines Leader she admires: Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox, because she wasn’t afraid to lead differently and be bold Personal attributes: Collaborative, empathetic, thinks beyond day-to-day realities, pushes others to succeed, “talent junkie”

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Colin Mahoney on communicating masterfully Senior Vice President, International and Service Solutions Seventeen years ago, when Colin Mahoney was fresh in his role as Asia-Pacific business development manager for our company’s services division, he found himself on stage in Singapore, giving what felt like a good presentation gone wrong. For an hour he stood before an audience of 20 – all employees of an airline he had hoped to gain as a customer – presenting the benefits of our company’s service. “There were no questions,” Mahoney recalls. “No interaction. A polite ‘thank you very much’ afterward and then everybody left. It finally dawned on me that I was using my flowery British vernacular and nobody understood a word I was saying.” It was a communication lesson that the Basingstoke, Great Britain, native learned through experience: A meaningful message relies as much on communicating masterfully to the intended audience as on the information it contains. Today, Mahoney places a high value on his international experience. His background in our services organization and his previous positions that have taken him around the globe serve him well in his newest role, helping to lead Rockwell Collins’ international growth in emerging and established markets. “The life blood of this company is based on meeting expectations and doing what we say we’re going to do,” said Mahoney, who has lived in Europe and Asia. “Right now, there’s a lot of focus on understanding emerging countries and markets in order to do a better job of serving those customers, meeting their expectations. And while we all can read or watch films about places, listening and learning from people in country really is the best way to grasp what it takes to be successful.”

Colin up close With Rockwell Collins since: 1987; appointed senior vice president of International and Service Solutions in February 2013 Select former roles: Vice president of sales, marketing and customer support for Commercial Systems; senior director of Business and Regional Systems sales; service center sales manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa; avionics technician Fanatic about: Chelsea football, Formula 1® racing Personal attributes: Open, outgoing, committed, demanding but fair

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Phil Jasper on unleashing energy Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Government Systems The year was 1995, and Phil Jasper was just named Rockwell Collins’ lead engineer on the Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker program, a large aerial refueling aircraft contract that would help establish our company’s expertise as a prime contractor in systems integration. At that time, Jasper didn’t have a lot of leadership experience and, looking back, he realizes how big of a stretch the role was for him. “We were working directly with the United States Air Force, and we were responsible for all aspects of the aircraft integration,” explained Jasper. “A program at this level required a large and geographically diverse team that could bring together very complex capabilities and products into an integrated system.” The experience quickly taught Jasper the importance of unleashing energy – particularly when it comes to inspiring, motivating and developing others – throughout each phase of the program. “I learned some effective ways to lead people and some not-so-effective ways to lead people,” Jasper admits. “To lead well, you have to understand what motivates the individuals on your team and the challenges they face. It’s all about removing roadblocks so that the team’s execution as a whole is as good as it can be. To do that, you really have to understand the team dynamic. For example, there are times when an aggressive leadership style is needed, and there are times when it’s counter-productive.” Today, more than 15 years after his first leadership experience, Jasper continues to place a high value on “stretch” goals and roles that are outside people’s comfort zones because he believes it unleashes creativity within our company and helps employees realize their full potential. “Challenging people often forces them to rethink current processes, thoughts, design tools, etc., and come up with solutions to meet those aggressive goals,” said Jasper.

Phil up close With Rockwell Collins since: 1992; appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer of Government Systems in September 2012 Select former roles: Vice president of business development for Government Systems; vice president and general manager of Mobility Rotary Wing Solutions; technical director and programs manager of the KC-135 programs; engineer Favorite kind of challenge: “I love when we as a company can design a creative solution that the customers haven’t thought of and bring that to them. Naturally, the customers initially are skeptical because they’ve never done it the way you’re proposing. Our challenge then is to convert them into advocates.” Personal attributes: Fair and reasonable, sets high expectations, enforces accountability for results

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Bruce King on executing flawlessly Senior Vice President, Operations A true measure of a company’s customer focus often isn’t in the way it responds in good times, but in tough times. That was the case during Bruce King’s first encounter with Rockwell Collins in the early 1990s as a manager on Rockwell International’s B-1 bomber program. Rockwell Collins, then a subsidiary of Rockwell International, was providing early-generation ARC-210 DAMA radios to boost mission capabilities on the B-1. Completion of the radio wasn’t going smoothly, straining the timetable. Yet, Rockwell Collins employees continued to show how much they valued the program, remained focused on the customer, and delivered. “That’s part of why I came to Rockwell Collins,” King said. “It was clear that the people were committed to doing what’s right at the end of the day, and that made for a good business relationship.” That experience shaped King’s views on executing flawlessly. As the top leader in Operations, which handles procurement and manufacturing for all Rockwell Collins products, he continues to believe integrity and openness are essential for strong customer relationships. “Our customers know that issues – what I call warts – come up,” said King, “but if you think about who we are and what we do – build trust every day – there is no better way to earn trust than to meet our customer commitments.” Today, a decade-old letter from a government customer hangs on his office wall, expressing profuse thanks for the collaborative approach King’s team took to the KC-135 GATM program. King cherishes it because it’s a reminder of how consistency, reliability and urgency help us exceed customer expectations. “Everything starts with the customer,” said King. “If it’s good for the customer, then it’s good for our business.” b

Bruce up close With Rockwell Collins since: 1996; appointed senior vice president of Operations in May 2011 Select former roles: Vice president and general manager of communication products; director of C/KC-135 programs; GATM program manager; C/KC-135 Pacer CRAG program manager Role model: His father, Willard King, started at a local Chevrolet dealership and successively progressed into levels of management at General Motors Personal attributes: Respectful and engaging, leads by influence, asks difficult questions

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Problem solvers: Everyone, every day How does one Rockwell Collins team measure up to the world’s top Lean leader? Continuous improvement is not just a Lean term that’s talked about every now and then in Manchester, Iowa. It’s practiced by everyone, every day at this Rockwell Collins production facility. Here, operators are empowered to discuss defects they have encountered and how to resolve them, which is how continuous improvement also is practiced at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Ky. Earlier this year, members of our company’s Enterprise Lean team toured the Toyota manufacturing facility — where a vehicle is completed approximately every 47 seconds — to observe how each Toyota employee is responsible for problem solving and communicating corrective actions. According to Mark Novak, a Rockwell Collins principal Lean consultant, the Japanese automaker has been


implementing standards for operational excellence for more than 50 years and is recognized as the top Lean leader in the world. “At Toyota, problem solving is not just the job of supervisors and managers,” said Novak. “The employees are expected to be good at problem solving at every level.” Toyota’s production goals include zero defects, zero employee injuries and a reduction in production time – similar to what our company strives to achieve. To better understand other similarities between the two companies, one Rockwell Collins team in Manchester recently volunteered to compare their practices to Toyota’s practices when it comes to continuous improvement at the lowest level. b

Stand-up meeting

Every morning at 7:30, team leader Mary Kelchen and her production team gather for a stand-up meeting at our Manchester, Iowa, facility. During this meeting, operators bring up defects, and the team talks through the root cause and possible solutions. Similar to the Toyota process, when employees find a problem, they are the first to offer a solution to their leaders.

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Problem solving

Operator Marla Schiess (left) presents a 5 Why document on a number one lead she put in backwards on a circuit board. On this single sheet, Schiess notes she has trouble seeing the small identification dot on the part so will use a paint pen to make a larger dot on the lead. Toyota also uses a single sheet approach – called A3 in reference to the size of paper used – with operators to get to the root causes of problems. Discussing defects in stand-up meetings also draws on the energy and strength of the entire team to problem solve. In this case, Schiess’ fellow teammate, Linda Kelchen (right), also proposes a fixture to secure the lead in the correct position.



Defect analysis meeting

All defects are also reported during a defect analysis meeting where employees work through the Plan, Do, Check, Adjust (PDCA) process with the quality team and managers. After employees present their 5 Why documents, discussion focuses on verification that the proposed solution works and on the adjustment of standard work instructions. In this photo, Manchester plant manager Chuck Stroo (far right) poses the questions, “Could this problem happen again?” and “What will stop it from happening again?” This type of engagement is an important part of the leadership coaching process to improve quality. At the Toyota facility, leaders are actively engaged in stand-up and analysis meetings in an effort to get to the root cause of defects, find the best solution to problems, and provide opportunities for immediate feedback and coaching.

Respect, trust, teamwork

Respect for the customer, the employee and the company are central to Toyota’s operating philosophy. In Manchester, meeting guidelines emphasize showing respect for one another in order for trust to develop among team members. With relationships based on trust, teams are empowered to work together to continually improve processes, build quality products and satisfy our customers. By Annette Busbee

Lean helps us become more efficient through the elimination of non-value added activities. Employees can learn more about the Five Principles of Lean, which identify focus areas to achieve operational excellence, on the Lean Electronics SM page on Rockwell Collins Online.

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The rise of Hermes Originally established as a one-year project in Great Britain in the 1990s, Rockwell Collins’ Hermes 2100 software continues to evolve to help airlines improve communications and operational efficiency. In today’s world where text messages and emails can be transmitted nearly anywhere in seconds, it’s hard to imagine there was once a time – just over 20 years ago – when an airline’s ability to share information between its aircraft crew and ground crew was limited to voice communication. But that was the case in the early 1990s when Scandinavian Airlines began looking for a solution that would centrally manage data communications across all channels and then integrate with other airline operational control systems. “We were interested in data link communication and knew it would allow our aircraft to remain constantly connected to our airline’s central resources, but we did not have it at the time,” said Björn Syrén, data link manager for Scandinavian Airlines. That changed in 1994 – following a successful twoyear trial with a Rockwell Collins Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) on board one of its aircraft – when the Stockholm, Sweden-based airline awarded a contract to Rockwell Collins in Reading, United Kingdom. The engineering team, which included a young software engineer named Alex Hayward, developed a back-office system to help the airline achieve the full benefit of having data link avionics on board. That development, originally a one-year project, has since become a software product line known as Rockwell Collins Hermes 2100, named after the “messenger of the gods” in Greek mythology. “Hermes helps connect the aircraft to the airline office, which results in better decision making, increased operational efficiency, and improved on-time performance,” said Hayward, now a senior systems engineer in Flight Information Solutions for Rockwell Collins, noting that Hermes is now installed on more than 20 airline systems around the world.

Rockwell Collins employees Alex Hayward (left) and Peter Fillery, both from the United Kingdom, show how the Hermes system is flexible and scalable, even with mobile devices. Our company recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Hermes 2100 product line. By Jill Wojciechowski

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Today, with aircraft more information enabled than ever before, the Hermes system offers airlines a cost-effective way to utilize global data link and IP communication, integrating new and legacy airline backoffice IT systems with the aircraft. “In the beginning, Hermes was a ‘nice to have,’” said Syrén. “But it didn’t take long before we realized it was something we couldn’t operate without. It has become a central part of our entire operation.” According to Hayward, constant feedback from our customers, which is collected through Hermes user conferences and product support activities, has helped the engineering team in Reading ensure their latest version of the software continues to meet airlines’ requirements. “We stay quite close with our customers to make sure we understand what they need, but also to ensure they are aware of all Hermes functions and to keep them abreast of the new features we have in the pipeline,” said Hayward. “Hermes is a toolbox of features that can be tailored to each airline’s needs.” b


Service anniversaries Rockwell Collins offers congratulations to employees who have marked significant service award milestones in recent months. Dennis M. Ternes Charles R. Ward Sheri K. Wiltsey Russell L. Wolfe Gail M. Zweibohmer

Celebrating 50 years

Arlene Brazier Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Start date: March 1963 Original position: Assembly operator on the E2C Current position: Repair operator on the ARC-210 CRG Most challenging project: Working on the ARC-210 Gen 5

50 Years



Kenneth J. Baker Mary P. Beck Roger A. Bloom Gary E. Crow David W. Dlougy Michael D. Fossum Dennis H. Holdgrafer Craig A. Martinson Corine A. Moore Dale M. Nordby Roy E. Robertson Steven P. Roederer John E. Roling Charles S. Shafer Kevin C. Sillick Steven A. Young

Arlene L. Brazier Donald E. Johnson 45 Years MARCH

David O. Mosher MAY

Floyd D. Fischer Martha M. Kolb 40 Years MARCH

Wayne G. Hanson Dwight A. Kandt Richard A. Less Vickie L. Weig APRIL

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35 Years MARCH

Sherry A. Bouska Russell D. Charboneau Kenneth A. Davidson Richard A. Freeman Michael E. Geralds Brenda C. Howell Daryl E. Kern Alfred E. Lightsey, Jr. Kristin I. Moen Rita R. Mullis Steven J. Pasker Larry A. Paxton Kevin L. Schulz Cindy D. Smith Karen P. Steggall Randal L. Sterner

Catherine Ali Bey Linda G. Bunch Michael L. Combs Judy L. Cooper Donna M. Dixon Linda K. Doan Diann L. Eilers Jane W. Elsbernd Laurie G. Hallmark David J. Hernandez Steven D. Hiedeman Harold E. Klug Marie-HÊlène Larroque Karen A. Macal Thomas G. Mills Valerie J. Moore Herbert E. Noble Jay A. Owens Theresa K. Scheuerman Cindy K. Shanks

Sandra G. Strahan Tamara A. Thornton Vinh Tran Bonnie R. Zidlicky MAY

Larry A. Anspach Dominique Beaugendre Robert W. Benson Julie K. Crowley Joseph T. Culwell Charlotte A. DeSotel Dana L. DeWitte Theodore D. Dougan Madeleine Galletti Gabriel Gondry Patrick Gray Charles A. Johnson Louis M. Jones Steve I. Lebo Dennis L. Markle Tim L. McCalley Kevin J. Mc Carthy Thomas L. Moran Donald E. Mosier Bradley D. Reed Robert J. Reighard Theresa M. Roberts

Sylvette Sabrazat Jean-Luc Sanchez Glenda S. Schouten Chad W. Todd Robert D. Vander Ploeg

Arlene M. Lynch Timothy I. MacDonald John J. Malenfant Gerald J. Mattson Bertha L. McClendon

Celebrating 40 years

Roger Bloom Richardson, Texas Start date: June 1973 Original position: Electrical Engineer, Special Programs Division Current position: Principal Systems Engineer, CM&I Proudest accomplishment: I was selected as a Corporate Level Engineer of the Year of Rockwell International in 1994 for my effort on the SMART-T program.

Celebrating 40 years

Freida Aldrich Cedar Rapids, Iowa Start date: May 1973 Original position: Sales Order Entry Clerk Current position: Principal Solutions Architect Business Intelligence, e-Business Advice for new employees: Do not settle for the status quo. Challenge yourself on a personal and professional level to be more, do more and contribute more. Treat every day as an opportunity to learn something new and share your knowledge with someone else.

Kenneth D. Webb Thomas M. Wittkop Diana L. Zies JUNE

Benjamin A. Ampulski Rodney L. Bowen Janice F. Brincks James A. Carollo Thomas B. Clingan Neil R. Coonrod Marilyn K. Courtney Glen T. Dodson, Jr. Paula A. Dressler Robert Ellis Richard A. Foster Roger D. French Susan B. Gates Kristin S. Glockhoff Michael L. Gomez Mark A. Harris Gregory W. Hopper David L. Krett Irene J. Krivachek Warren A. Lammers

Duane P. Meihost Todd J. Miller Robert M. Miltner Paul J. Munroe Donny J. Munson Robert L. Nelson Ruth A. Novak Terry L. Olson Steven W. Pasker Brent C. Peterson John Philpot David W. Prignitz Greig E. Reed Steven C. Ritter Walter J. Roth James H. Sabin Steven A. Schroeder Brad A. Schuver Raymond E. Scott Marian L. Sinor Marie Smith Charles W. Snodgrass, Jr. Bruce E. Stolba Burkley J. Stordahl

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Celebrating 40 years

Celebrating 40 years

Celebrating 40 years

Paul Bower

David W. Dlouhy

Dale Nordby

Wilsonville, Ore.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Start date: May 1973

Start date: June 1973

Start date: June 1973

Original position:

Original position:

Original position:

Entry Level Technician

Heat Transfer Lab Technician, GS

Maintainability Engineer

Current position: Principal Material

Current position: Heat Transfer Lab

Current position: Senior Electrical

& Process Engineer

Technician, E&T ATC Lab Services

Engineer, RF Test Solutions

Favorite aspect of your current

Most challenging project: One of the

Proudest accomplishment: My

position: Just like a hobby, I get to

most challenging projects for me was

proudest accomplishment was

do something I like. That includes

the JTIDS program. It seemed like we

successfully leading a design project

working with people, teaching and

were putting a lot of electronics into

on an early automated test set (used

learning – because continuous

a small package that was dissipating

at customer depot repair facilities and

improvement never ends.

a lot of power. The project required

at Rockwell Collins factory production

some innovative cooling approaches

testing) to characterize a filter with

and also some demanding cooling

700 data points. This saved several

test set-ups.

hours of manual test time. This was

Kenneth M. Strong Woon H. Tam John H. Thede John R. Thedens Wayne A. Voelker John A. Young 30 Years March

Gregory M. Baker Nan C. Bender Betty J. Hewitt Kevin W. McCarthy Sheila L. Reyes April

Lynn M. Cooper John E. Cunningham Sharon L. De Wit Mary B. Dighton David J. Schug Jeffery J. Sherman May

Dawn M. Beyer Robert M. Boone Barbara C. Buehler Henry M. Bulanda Ronald C. Cook Prakash V. Deshmukh Alan E. Holt John E. Nelson Sandra L. Richards Penny J. Rowland Janice K. Schilling Joseph B. Slater Donald J. Smith Carol J. Struss June

Michael D. Buchen

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Stephen C. Buol Michael C. Burkhart Paul W. Carlson Eric J. Clason Susan L. Fritz Christine N. Goodsmith Richard P. Helwig Dickie W. Kirkhart Michael Kober Andre Moulinier John M. Toker 25 Years March

Berit Abrahamsen Kelly M. Allard Martha J. Becker Christine M. Doyle William T. Greenleaf Dick J. Hubbell Cynthia L. Keeler Phillip D. Krotz Jane A. Krueger Brett A. Lenz John A. Marks Vincent P. Marzen Sandra R. Matheny Joyce A. Meyers Joseph P. O’Connell Denise A. Pettinger Michael J. Sebeny Cheryl K. Stone Kenneth J. Van Zee Alex V. Villanueva Lisa M. Zastrow April

Daniel S. Bailey Stephen M. Bazela

also my most challenging project. David H. Brehm Paul W. Burnham Priscilla Christie Gail M. Danninger Elaine M. Dingbaum Bonnie L. Fresh Greg P. Hoffa Harold T. Liddiard John M. Lonegan Barry A. Reeves TeriLea M. Schwarting Susan M. Short Kerri L. Stevens Kimberly A. Szukics Regis Thieulin Fabrice Viatge Scott E. White May

Homer L. Adams Jackie S. Ambrose Eric A. Baumgartner Sharon A. Blank Jane A. Brandt Alain Brossard Eric R. Brown Jeffrey L. Burgoyne Kathy K. CatesMorgan Anita M. Cornwell Philip H. Decker Glenn M. Dunham Susan K. Fleming Marcia J. Hunnicutt Sheila M. Kelly

Sharon K. Manson Michael J. Moreland Holly A. Niernberger David C. Ongie Ann M. Petersen Maria Teresa Quirarte Gonzalez Noah J. Samborn David R. Sneitzer Warren L. Tunwall Terry A. Warren Ian K. Wicke June

Ruth L. Beemer Margaret R. Brinker Kristine M. Brody Marla J. Carr David L. Cook Kimberly A. Cronbaugh Doris M. Ernst Sandra M. Fruendt Jan M. Heeren David D. Hillman Jean F. Jackson Evans C. Jacobson Bruce A. Laird Nancy M. Miller Patricia Morin Raymond A. Mosbeck Sandra L. Mulholland Deborah J. Nemmers Thuy T. Nguyen Christopher G. Olson Donna L. Paulos

Celebrating 40 years

Steve Roederer Melbourne, Fla. Start date: June 1973 Original position: Electronic Technician, Communication/ Navigation Systems, Cedar Rapids Current position: Senior Engineering Manager, Communication/Navigation Systems, Melbourne Proudest accomplishment: My proudest accomplishment comes from knowing most of the products I helped developed will still be in production after I retire from Rockwell Collins. Ruth A. Putman Toni L. Rausch Alba N. Rivera Martin Rodolfo Rodriguez Alaniz Julie A. Roskam

Neil J. Rud William R. Ryder Mary A. Voelkel Heidi J. Wasilewski Gregory E. Widmer

Celebrating 40 years

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Steven Young

Larry Anspach

James A. Carollo

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Start date: June 1973

Start date: May 1978

Start date: June 1978

Original position: Engineering Lab

Original position: Flight Controls

Original position: Electrical Engineer,

Technician, GS


HF Power Products

Current position: Senior Systems

Current position: Principal Systems

Current position: Principal Electrical

Engineer, GS

Engineer, Commercial Systems Flight

Engineer, Power Electronics Center of

Favorite aspect of your current



position: The occasional opportunity

Most challenging project: Being part

Most challenging project: The TV-

to travel to other places. Over the

of the team that designed and flight

80 television transmitter for the

years I have witnessed the patience

tested the APS-85 – Rockwell Collins’

Commando Solo aircraft, which

and beauty of the Far East; the ancient

first digital autopilot system for

redefined the meaning of big design

traditions and beliefs of the Mideast;

business jets.

task on a tight schedule and budget.

the midnight sun of the far north; the stark, hot barrenness of great deserts; and the delightful personalities and incredible landscape of the land down under, just to name a few.

John C. Frank Michael J. Frerking Keven R. Hoareau Daniel R. Mallonee Jeffrey D. Meyer John G. Oellrich Teresa M. Wiggins

Celebrating 35 years

Rod Bowen Cedar Rapids, Iowa Start date: June 1978

Celebrating 35 years

Original position: Engineer/Scientist II,

Ben Ampulski

Tactical Air Navigation, CGAD

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Current position: Technical Project

Start date: June 1978

Manager, Test Engineering & Services

Original position: Hardware Engineer,

Proudest accomplishment: Leading the

Air Transport Flight Instruments Current position: Principal Systems Engineer, Global Program Systems Favorite aspect of your current position: Working with the younger engineers. Steven A. Wolf 20 Years March

Steven R. Bauer Dennis R. Beer Charles B. Collmann Damon L. Derrick Melody A. Dvorak Leslie A. Farkas

Michael D. Fensterman Joseph T. Graf Daniel E. Grossman Patrick Hastoy Alain Julhia Jo E. Lackender Rodney J. Leiting Dona C. Macmillan Michelle Maubayou

F-22 CNI Depot team to a successful design and delivery of test stations for the warfighter. Robert D. Milbach Patrick O’Brien Gerard Oliva Hsuan W. Pachow Kenneth D. Perry Nancy R. Russman Kelly A. Sedrel Ray L. Van Deusen Scott P. Voyek Jodi L. Weiss Peggy H. Wilson Stephen T. Woods Scott C. Zell April

Angela R. Bertling Linda J. Carollo

Ray L. Cross Paul R. Dickinson Matthew G. Hutchison Richard D. Mankowski Gregory L. Slater Diane M. Wilkinson May

James A. Arns Vickie L. Baych Randy A. Brown Andrew Calcutt Nicole L. Cavanah Elsie M. Dittenber Michael J. Doyle


Claude Adamski Tamara A. Fensterman Johnny L. Flanscha Neil J. Foley Pedro Leon Rodney L. Mickelson Thomas D. Miller Hai V. Phan Michael L. Pool Brian R. Roggendorf Jeffrey R. Schroeder Richard G. Smith Sultan A. Wasimi 15 Years March

Randolph E. Belzl Bonnie N. Beyer Christopher M. Browne Gregory L. Caldwell Robert D. Camp Kristine M. Carlton Alba Castillejos Anas Poobalan Chetty Diana L. Cline Renee D. Condit Timothy K. Cornwell Patrick C. Diehl Cindy M. Dietz Jeffrey G. Dresner

Olivier Ecchelino Russell A. Gabel Patricia Gonzalez Aceves Penny K. Gustoff Andrea L. Harris Amanda H. Helffrich Anita M. Hughson Vernon L. Jacobsen Steven D. Jarvis Dean Jordan Timothy D. Judd Teresa J. Kania Mohammed A. Khan Michael A. Knox Julia I. Malamut Aldo J. Martin Marie Isabelle Martinez Paul J. Maternowski David M. McClure Patricia J. McEnany Nathelia F. McIntosh Paul O. Miller Jodi L. Murray James J. O’Grady Maria Teresa Ortiz Morales Donald L. Palmer Michael D. Perry Catrina E. Pettitt Kim T. Phan Una S. Phelps Brian E. Planz Mark A. Rochford Michael J. Rooney Thomas E. Rossi Ann Marie M. Ruske Sonya D. Schneekloth Jennifer D. Schultz

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Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Charlotte DeSotel

Ted Dougan

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Madeleine Conan Galletti

Start date: May 1978

Start date: May 1978

Original position: Occupational Health

Original position: Engineering

Nurse, Human Resources

Technician, Air Transport Systems

Current position: Manager, Health

Current position: Senior


Manufacturing Electrical Engineer

Favorite aspect of your current

Proudest accomplishment at

position: Working and interacting

Rockwell Collins: Receiving the

with a caring and committed Health

Production Engineer of the Year award

Services team.

in 1986.

Mayra Azucena Serrano Vazquez Douglas L. Sierra Samol Sok Charlene K. Staade Douglas E. Stenske Mary L. Strother Birgit F. Summerfelt Erika Vaca Martinez Joanne M. Weeks Michael W. Wiethorn April

Alfred S. Alvarado Randy T. Anderson Sebastien Arilla Sako Badalian Jeffrey S. Basham Jonathan A. Bates Jerome Bounet Ian J. Bull John J. Burke Jason A. Castor Fredrick M. Charles Sherman L. Chisom Greg M. Chlystun Carlos L. Colon Donald I. Donley Byron K. Flint Robert P. Haag Donald A. Herman Philip J. Hiebert Dawn M. Hinds Deborah L. Holtzinger Corey L. Kemp Richard J. Kerian Tanna L. Korleski Noemi La Bella Kenneth D. Ladage Marian E. Lamphier Michele A. Loehr Michael C. Mach Adrian Martinez

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Melissa A. McAfee Sami S. Mina Christine Miqueu-Petit Gavin Munday David J. Myatt Agnes M. Ng Bon Nguyen Benjamin J. Pauly Travis J. Phillips Robert W. Poovey William K. Powell Lynette K. Ryan Gary J. Schardt John P. Schutzmaier Tamera L. Seering Kevin S. Spidle Daniel L. Stastny Zeyi Sun William T. Tilghman Brian M. Urquhart Cynthia A. Werth Dawn M. Wright

Blagnac, France

Original position: Bilingual Secretary Current position: Program Support Specialist Advice for new employees: Always to let people express their opinion; be positive and creative to contribute to the welfare of the company.

Celebrating 35 years

Roger French

Celebrating 35 years

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kristin Glockhoff

Start date: June 1978 Original position: Design Engineer, Electromechanical Controls Current position: Principal Engineering

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Start date: June 1978 Original position: Export Documentation Clerk, Service Parts

Manager, CS Engineering Offshore

Current position: Principal Learning


Specialist, e-Business Change

Favorite aspect of your current

Management Office

position: Working with our offshore

Most challenging project: From 1990-

resources, learning about their

2012, I worked on SAP alignments

cultures and visiting their countries.

starting with Government Systems and transitioning into the Service


Gregory A. Albers Gregory G. Andrew Debbie L. Carey Kevin O. Clark June E. Cook Laurie A. Cordes Jeryl A. Cox Elizabeth A. Decker Steven Drage Andre Duchossoy James Duffin Suzanne R. Duggan Beverly J. Faran John E. Feddersen David J. Fox Nathan J. Franzen Debra J. Fuller Bonnie D. Furne

Start date: May 1978

Heather A. Gardas David W. Glessner David Golbey Clint L. Gosch Travis L. Gossman Tracy J. Gruchow Natalia L. Gutierrez Nancy H. Hamilton Mary J. Hanson Brian T. Hauck Terry R. Hein Deanne L. Hermsen Thieng K. Hoang Charles K. Holder Sally A. Holtby Monty J. Huddleston Timothy J. Huerter Julie A. Hupp

Mark S. Iverson Francis Jamroz Paul W. Jones Burteen A. Kleckner Alan M. Kuefler Jan-Marie Lexmond Gregory W. Londerville Charles E. Martin Elizabeth Martinez Espinoza Elizabeth Meza Lara Kathleen A. Misbach Kenny J. Mussmann Marc G. Nuessen Minggang Pan Martin Pauly Martin J. Silvestri

Center alignments in the U.S., Europe and Australia. While each location had its own challenges (aligning individualized business processes and data to a common process and data repository), the common overriding memory is the exceptional people I had the pleasure of working with – both our e-Business team and the people we met in the other locations.

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Mark Harris

Steve Hiedeman

Dennis Markle

Richardson, Texas

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Start date: June 1978

Start date: April 1978

Start date: May 1978

Original position: Engineering

Original position: Test Equipment

Original position: Engineering Lab

Technician, Network Transmissions

Calibration Services


System Division

Current position: Senior Customer

Current position: Senior Engineering

Current position: Senior Systems

Training Specialist

Lab Technician, GS Engineering Labs

Electrical Engineer, Mission Systems

Advice for new employees: Put forth

Most challenging project: Assembling


your best effort in everything you do

prototype units for Exoatmospheric

Proudest accomplishment: On each

and if you have any questions, seek

Kill Vehicle (EKV) project to meet

of the products or systems in which

out the help from your fellow workers

severe environmental specifications.

I have had a significant part – the

as they were once new, also.

MILSTAR Command Post, Commando Solo Transmitters, a modification to an existing platform or a new subsystem on a large missions systems program –

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Jerry Mattson

I know our customers and those

Greg Hopper

who depend on our products to

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

work correctly have received our

Start date: June 1978

best effort. They can be confident that I have done my part to earn their trust in Rockwell Collins.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Original position: Hardware Design Engineer, Government Flight Controls Current position: Senior Systems Engineer, Airborne Solutions

Carol G. Smith Debbie S. Snodgrass Anthony A. Stephens John P. Stumpf Jason M. Vander Horn Dulce Elena Vargas Sanchez Jose J. Velez John P. Wilmot June

Ahsan H. Ali Jared P. Altenhofen David A. Anderson Sindi M. Andino Tadd E. Andrle Steven C. Atkins Richard R. Ballew Pamela J. Barnett Daniel J. Bates James F. Bauer David A. Baumgardner Teresa A. Beachler Christina L. Bemer Michael J. Benda

Tracy A. Boritzki Rita Josefina Briones Martinez Scott A. Clemenson Troy A. Cooney Ricky D. Cornwell Jesus A. Corona Christopher D. Courtney Cheryl A. Deford Heather R. Delsing David A. Dennis Sonia Dhodapkar Sherry A. Elwood Jonathan Feist David C. Frankenbach Jacob D. Frazier Jay M. Gillund Joanne Graham Jeffrey D. Grundmeyer Dennis M. Hartley Thomas J. Haugen Thomas J. Herder Richard R. Hixon Kenneth K. Hoang Heather L. Holivan

Proudest accomplishment: When a system rig was having problems and the production line was shut down because of supposed autopilot problems, I was given a plane ticket on a Friday afternoon to travel to France on Sunday morning. I had the problems isolated and production restarted within a few days. I received a letter of commendation from the customer a few months later. Mark A. Howell Heather A. Innis William E. Jameson David D. Jensen Melody J. Katchmar Aaron M. Kelly Kelly A. Kennedy

Marc Kidd Jiro Kikkawa Wayne D. Kirby Theresa M. Koppes John F. Kramer Tamara L. Kruger Eric J. Kuennen

Start date: June 1978 Original position: Test Technician II Current position: Principal Electrical Engineer, Head Down Display Center Favorite aspect of your current position: Creating designs for our leading-edge products. John P. LaMar Joshua J. Lang Jason L. Langer Staci J. Larson Philippe M. Limondin Randall P. Lincoln Huynh D. Luong Rodney T. Lynn Virginia M. Maier Gina M. Marinaro Richard H. Matteau Kenneth J. Morgan John J. Moroney Miguel Mosqueda Carlos Elaine Nguyen Mark J. O’Brien Eric G. Pearce William G. Perreault Shauna K. Pierce Stephanie B. Platz Philippe Poncelet

Daniel A. Prentice Alisa D. Priest Nilson R. Rabelo Milagros Ramirez Juarez Russell D. Rasmussen Tammy L. Rinderknecht Martin S. Roemerman Jeffry D. Ryan Emmanuel Santiago Thomas J. Schmidt Roger T. Schuring Susan L. Senton Kara S. Shelton Diana L. Shores Cody L. Starry Jeremy J. Steensma Nathan P. Subbert Peter J. Tuchel Scott A. Wandler

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Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Tim McCalley

Tom Mills

Paul Munroe

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Melbourne, Fla.

Start date: May 1978

Start date: April 1978

Start date: June 1978

Original position: Rotational

Original position: Mechanical Engineer

Original position: Technician, HF-200

Accountant, Shared Services

Current position: Technical Project


Manager, GS Airborne Navigation

Current position: Senior Systems

Advice for new employees: To improve

Engineer, Tailwind® Product Line

your ability to contribute to the

Most challenging project: My current

Proudest accomplishment:

company’s success, learn about the big

role as Project Engineer for the RDUI-

Implementing the first automated

picture and what those outside your

4000 development project has been

travel expense processing system in

function are doing so you can see how

my most challenging project.

the early 1990s.

your work contributes to the whole.

Accounting Current position: Principal Business Integration Analyst, e-Business

Jeremy T. Weiss Ross K. Wilcoxon Gregory J. Wild Debra T. Wilkinson Joshua P. Willett Andrew S. Worrall 10 Years March

Corey D. Baxa Jody L. Burgin Rebecca A. Camilleri Carol F. Chamberlin Rogelio J. Corpuz Fernando J. DosSantos Michael B. Dricken Ario Estrada Marcia M. Evenson Valentino Fernandez Kyung C. Green Kevin E. Hamdorf William M. Hess Thone Houang Jamie R. Howard Gene M. Korleski John T. Kvaltine Richard C. Layfield Douglas R. Lloyd Jack Lovan Derek A. McCluskey Malina G. Mendez Kevin L. Phelps Adair N. Renning Alison J. Wyer April

Yuxing Chen Veronica De la Cruz Haro Darrell L. Fairleigh Chuan Geng

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David J. Gosch Dennis L. Haney Young Hsu Reginald D. Hunt Michael G. Johnson Kamran R. Khan Ronald W. Kirchenbauer Heng Teck Lim Anita C. Lytle Ignacio Navarrete Espinoza Lip Seng Ng Jose Alfonso Ortega Acevedo Patricia W. Prochaska Jorge Luis Reyes Garcia Lauren M. Rush Alvin A. Simmons Katherine A. Wilson May

Joseph D’Angelo Jean-Marie Dujon Thomas M. Fieldson Robert B. Firster Frederic Frejafon Darla D. Fridley Shaun R. Fyvie Jack C. Ginther Gregory L. Goins Chad A. Hamlett Larry W. Herndon Brian J. Herting Maricela Ibarra Rincon Mohamed M. Ibrahim Kenneth L. Johnson Ravinder Kapoor Robert I. Kim Marc B. LeBlanc

Tammy J. Lent Erin M. Meier Michelle R. Mims Molly S. Nearad Adam S. Palmer Kavi K. Parupally Lee M. Paulsen Patricia E. Peters Idalia Vianney Rodriguez Ramos Bryan J. Roll Joshua A. Seales Jessica M. Smith Janice E. Stangland Edward C. Tubbs Lucas G. Wagner Elaine Wintergrass Alison K. Wright June

Joseph S. Branly Jesus Jackeline Bueno Gomez Thomas Calligaro Jeffery D. Coffin Glenn K. Crouse Corynn E. Downs William C. Elkington Samuel W. Esch Carmen Ofelia Fajardo Angulo Jared B. Faul Rebecca M. Fitzgerald Linda G. Gofforth Wayne Hou Don L. Jackson Jennifer S. Jensen Corinne Jourde Katherine M. Kelley Jason P. Kohout Ryan J. Legge Scott C. Luton

Andrew M. Mascarenhas Michael A. Metheny Laura Leticia Parra Barron Kevin R. Recker Chris J. Reichelt Andrew J. Reichenauer Delia del Carmen Rios Lopez Shirley M. Smoyer Adrian J. Thurn Alan C. Tichy Nathan L. Voight Joni S. Wallace

Celebrating 35 years

Don Munson Cedar Rapids, Iowa Start date: June 1978 Original position: Draftsman Current position: Senior Printed Circuit Designer Favorite aspect of your current position: The honor of working on

5 Years

projects and technologies that protect


our soldiers and all of us alike.

Jennifer L. Arnold Chad T. Askelson Tammy K. Bach John J. Barton Danielle J. Bond Kenneth Boxall Matthew P. Brown Louis Brunet Christopher L. Butler Thomas J. Campie Stephane Chareton Brendan F. Chase Mary A. Collins Terry J. Crandall Ivana Dalama Fernanadez Julette K. Edgerly Leora C. Faler Luis Eduardo Franco Stephanie W. Freilich Miguel Garza Betsy M. George Sean J. Gilliam

Frederic Girbal Samantha J. Gorsh David Gourion John F. Guerin Fabrice Guillermin Zackery M. Hamilton Jo Anna Hansen Quansheng He Jerome R. Helbert Patricia J. Hemrich Jason Hernandez Dana L. Hill-Cole Matthew L. Hogg Timothy M. Holt Christina G. Hong Jeffrey S. Hrubes Meng W. Hsiao Stephen J. Humphreys Ferdous N. Hussain Charles L. Johnson

Maksim Kislyak Lisa M. Kistler Kathleen R. Koehn Carlton E. Kopp II James R. Kosar Christine Lefebvre Jennifer H. Linton Brian E. Long Brenda Clavo Macatangay Kristen D. Maramba Nicholas A. Martucci Della L. McCloud Elizabeth A. McLaughlin Iain Meadows John P. Meulbroek Johnny C. Moore Timothy M. Morrissey Jolene I. Murray Jacob A. Nickel

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Bob Nelson

Greig Reed

Marian Sinor

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Melbourne, Fla.

Start date: June 1978

Start date: June 1978

Start date: June 1978

Original position: Electrical Engineer,

Original position: Component

Original position: Assembly Operator

LOS Products

Evaluation Lab

Current position: Sr. Business Systems

Current position: Principal Engineering

Current position: Principal Systems


Manager, Surface Systems

Engineer, Integration Environment Systems

Proudest accomplishment at

Proudest accomplishment at Rockwell Collins: As the technical

Favorite aspect of your current

made through the years and meeting

director, leading dedicated and

position: The ongoing challenge to

my husband here.

talented teams on programs such

improve product capability and quality

as ARC-220 NOE and ARC-210.

while driving costs lower.

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Steve Pasker

Brad Schuver

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Start date: June 1978

Start date: June 1978

Original position: Developing

Original position: Mechanical

computer business applications,

Designer, Air Transport Division

Industrial Engineering & Services

Current position: Principal


Rockwell Collins: The friends I have

Programmer/Analyst, Specialized

Current position: Principal Business

Systems/Enterprise Tool Integration

Integration Analyst, e-Business

Advice for new employees: Listen

Proudest accomplishment: I was

and fully understand your customers’

honored with the Air Transport

requirements. Exhibit confidence

Operations Engineer of the Year

and passion as you work, and take

Award, which I believe signified the

advantage of every opportunity to

importance of business systems to an

network with others. When you look

organization. I was able to represent

up, 35 years will have gone by!

the talented people working in my department at the time. Jennifer L. Nyman Susan P. Paris Alisha E. Pedersen Marko W. Pfaff Loyal J. Pyczynski Nestor Ramirez Darryl A. Rice David B. Robertson Neftali Rodriguez

Angela K. Roling Susan J. Saari Karla J. Sarchett Adam A. Scheckel Darren J. Schipper Joshua C. Scholl Matthew A. Schrandt Thomas Selander Nicholas K. Sheronick

Chris L. Sims Curtis H. Smart Melissa R. Spiegelhalter Christine M. Spivey Tami J. Stephens Mark A. Stewart Martin Sutherland Theodore J. Thies Jefferey S. Trosdahl Roberto Yasser Viveros

Jane Vu Dean Williams Joyce A. Winterberg Andrew M. Wright Timothy Wright Jaime J. Zeets April

Zeenat Ali Hussen Dohadwala Jamey B. Amerson Andrew C. Auer

Eric Balmont Jose Ruben Barron William J. Blacklidge Jeffrey P. Boivin Shelley Brody Nicole A. Bustillos Elisabeth C. Carvalho Bernnadette K. Cecena Zhi Qiang Chen Megan L. Christianson Gladys G. Coatney Marta R. Colmenares David M. Curl Shauna L. Dart Richard R. Diamond Erik D. Drew Joshua D. Emerson Steven R. Feigenbaum Lynn F. Fett Jeremy W. Gafford Stephane Giraud Liliana Gomez Pablo Gutierrez Thomas Harris Andrew T. Heilmann Jaquelyene HemardWhitt Jeffrey J. Henderson Willie J. Herman Carlos Adrian Hernandez Karina Areli Higuera Jered D. Jahnke Charles R. Johnson Seth G. Johnson Leonard D. Johnson Nicholas G. Kelly Maria J. Kowalczyk Kent F. Langston Candice M. Luter Robert J. McCabe

Marlene H. Menkiena Steven J. Michels Amanda M. Miskimen Lee R. Mollenhauer Hieu X. Nguyen Monica A. Nichter Henry S. Ongkoputro Daniel G. Penny III Konstanze R. Perlmutter Maria Angeles Ponce Reyes Ram Prasad Marisol Rivera Adam J. Roepke Kevin A. Routhier Lisa A. Russo Matthew J. Rutkowski Justin K. Schmidt Kusuma J. Sharma David L. Shissler Patrick Simpson Deborah L. Smith Hanna M. Solem Joseph M. Spiess Gilmar B. Teixeira Ian M. Toal Sunitha Vasudevan Darrell G. Werning Donald W. Worley May

Natasha Ahsan Bruce E. Alcorn Christopher Alix Lance G. Anderson Lorraine J. Angsouvan Denise E. Arp Robin R. Ashland Stacy Avis Shawn M. Bergquist Kevin P. Bird Tanya D. Blake

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Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Cindy Smith

Burkley J. Stordahl

John Thede

Richardson, Texas

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Start date:

Start date: June 1978

Start date: June 1978

March 1978

Original position: Shipping/Receiving

Original position: Industrial Engineer,

Original position: Assembly Operator

Asst., Wichita, Kan. Service Center

Fabrication Division

Current position:

Current position: Senior Integration

Current position: Principal Project

Senior Manufacturing

Business Analyst, I&SS Lean &

Manager, Enterprise Quality

Production Control Specialist

Business Process Optimization

Management Systems

Proudest accomplishment:

Favorite aspect of your current

Advice for new employees: You can

My proudest accomplishment was

position: As a second generation

accomplish far more by having the

serving as production controller on

Rockwell employee, I take great pride

support of the people you work with

the KC-135 GATM Installation and

in the fact that I’ve been given the

than you can by yourself. Support

Test Team when we received the

opportunity to carry on what my

your coworkers and treat them with

Chairman’s Team Award in 2004. The

father started back in the early 1960s

respect, and that support and respect

team achieved delivery of 43 aircraft

in helping lay the foundation of what

will come back to you time and again.

in 2004 – one more than scheduled –

is I&SS today. As part of the I&SS

with 100 percent on-time delivery

family, I am able to apply my years

and 100 percent acceptance.

of service experience – along with input from others – to our operating

Driss Bouzalmata Jennifer M. Branly Trisha L. Bressler Larklyn J. Brokaw Loyd K. Brown Chester K. Brownfield Nicole M. Bryan Rhiannon M. Carlson Jerome Cazeils John Christiansen Amy L. Dideriksen Matthew R. Doudna Thomas J. Drake Haijiie Du Joel M. Dudley Andrew M. Engelken Janet M. Evans Anthony Felicie Jeanne K. Frahm Hahn Mia J. Gamelgaard Samantha A. Gerner Roberta L. Giese Pablo Ariel Gonzalez Daniel J. Granger Bethzaida Halfhide James J. Hannan Colin Hughes Rex D. Hulme Daniel D. Hutchinson Antonio Jones Jeremy R. Kazmierczak

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Cary A. Kelsen Chrystopher G. Klein Michael C. Koster Patrick J. Krier Manuel J. LeBlanc Peter J. Mackay Alma R. Marquez Katherine R. Mason Jim E. Meiborg Aaron M. Meis Fabien Mitton Donald A. Moss, Jr. Seethalakshmi Nagarajan Bobbi J. OConnell Benjamin M. Peiffer Jodi L. Phan David L. Phillips Ryan M. Post Rohini M. Rao Madhuri Rapaka Aileen A. Reyes Linda K. Ries Paul J. Rose Jeremy B. Roseen Nicholas L. Schmitt Kimberly A. Schulte Fatimah Bte Senin Charles R. Sizemore Nancy G. Smith Ryan C. Smith Rebecca L. Spore

systems and help the company and

Celebrating 35 years

its employees become stronger while

Chad W. Todd

working to achieve our goals.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa Start date: May 1978

Christine Y. Stoneking Eric M. Thompson Shawn M. Tone Christopher J. Tritle Noelle L. Vaughn Brian D. Washburn Amber D. White David G. Younke June

Mario G. Alarcon Yolanda Alfonso Keith M. Allen Jaya A. Aswani Mark W. Bauermeister Kenneth E. Beeman Paul Belcourt Lynda J. Bergan Bruno Bidenne Richard P. Bishop Ronald E. Broden Frank Cannavo Thaddeus D. Carlson Alika L. Clissold Erin E. Costello

Stephen R. Croft Jodi L. Davis Brandan L. Dietzman Lucas J. Dove Aaron S. Durfee Julie R. Dvorak Anne Faur Jingyuan Feng Craig A. Foerstner Peter N. Foltz Colleen M. Fowler Timothy J. Freeland Lisa M. Frey Tanna C. Fuller Michelle P. Garich Eric A. Gates Blanka Giese Michelle F. Gorman Angela R. Gorsline Allen R. Gross William G. Heckman Lakisha Henderson Randy J. Holder Timothy M. Jacobs Bryce C. Jacobsen Joseph A. Kaemmer

Original position: HF Receiver/Exciter Group, Collins Telecommunication Product Division Current position: Senior Field Service Engineer Most challenging project: The Field Service Engineering Team installed one KW transceiver in every state capital, 11 regional centers and the U.S. Territories for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Communication Network. Jason M. Kaspor Carl M. Kern Michael J. Kertis Calvin R. Kitch Robert E. Leiss Versie M. Liles

Darren P. Lindner Ross L. Lintelman James A. Lloyd Timothy J. Lohmann Edward J. Lopez

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Celebrating 35 years

Wayne Voelker

Ken Webb

(Diana) Lynn Zies

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Melbourne, Fla.

Melbourne, Fla.

Start date: June 1978

Start date: May 1978

Start date: May 1978

Original position: Electronics

Original position: Production

Original position: Assembler

Technician, General Aviation


Engineering Support

Current position: Senior Master

Current position: Mechanical


Current position: Senior Electronics


Technician, CS Engineering Support

Most challenging project: The

Favorite aspect of your current

transition of the Tailwind® satellite

Proudest accomplishment: I was

position: I especially enjoy

TV systems product line from Tustin

pleased with my design of a balanced

investigating and resolving issues with

to Melbourne in 2008.

hand wired layout that I built and was

the many departments we interact

installed on a gyro. It was later used in

with during a given day.

the formal circuit board design. Jennifer M. Luensman Joel D. Marshall Jeremiah T. Maultsby Linda M. McKeen Jeffrey L. Metzger

Linda G. Miller Todd D. Moser James P. Moy Douglas R. Moyer Justin W. Muilenburg Jack Ngo

Seth S. Ogram Lewis R. O’Meara Peter M. O’Neill James L. Origer Franck Pannetier Jackie E. Petrisko Duane P. Pond

Cody A. Pratt Linmeng Qiu Nicholas P. Rasmussen Cheryl L. Sedrel Daniel Serrano Murtuza Shareef Jose E. Silverio

Daniel S. Skultety Thomas J. Smart Andrew L. Smith Jacob A. Sorensen Darrell Stallsworth Rodney W. Stark Kenneth T. Sunseri Taylor L. Swartz Wagdy T. Tawadrous Jennifer E. Toms

Lori L. Trottier Jennifer M. Turner Emma L. Underwood Daniel J. White Joshua A. Willia Anthony E. Wilson Enrique Wong Renae A. Zaugg Cassie M. Zeller Gregory D. Zelna

Retirees Rockwell Collins offers congratulations and best wishes to the following employees, who have recently announced their retirements. Kathie A. Adams Vinton, Iowa

Bessie J. Bemer Toddville, Iowa

Gregory S. Churchill Marion, Iowa

Marcia F. Deyen Cedar Rapids, Iowa

John A. Faurote Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Keith R. Goodsman Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Linda J. Alexander West Branch, Iowa

Steven F. Bennett West Chester, Iowa

Kelly R. Clute Central City, Iowa

Diedra J. Diesch Marion, Iowa

Sue A. Feddern Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Anna M. Gordon Marion, Iowa

Patricia A. Almand Collinsville, Texas

Gary W. Beyer Vinton, Iowa

Dawn M. Cunningham Mesa, Ariz.

Michael D. Dillavou Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Susan M. Flickinger Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Nancy R. Gorius Cedar Rapids, Iowa

E.D. Anderman Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Donna L. Brenneman North Liberty, Iowa

Diana L. Driscoll Mechanicsville, Iowa

Barbara A. Freeman Greentop, Mo.

Ellin K. Gruber Toddville, Iowa

David W. Anderson Phelps, Wis.

Orlin D. Buhr Marion, Iowa

Linda L. Duenow Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Richard A. Freeman Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Timothy E. Hamilton Alburnett, Iowa

Thomas M. Ash Marion, Iowa

Karen L. Campbell Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Timothy R. Ellsworth Melbourne, Fla.

Kevin G. Gleaves Mount Vernon, Iowa

Wanda E. Hansel Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Robert J. Bailey Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Allan G. Carbaugh Anamosa, Iowa

Michael B. Esparza Hollister, Calif.

Robbie J. Gochee Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Linda A. Harrison Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Nancy J. Becker Mount Vernon, Iowa

Susan A. Carman Urbana, Iowa

Mindy L. Ewing Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Frank P. Gonzales Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jack T. Harville Fairfax, Iowa

Sharon K. Danek Terre Haute, Ind. Christine R. Davis Sharp San Tan Valley, Ariz. Roseann Dejohn Cedar Park, Texas Maria E. Delamater Cedar Rapids, Iowa Linda A. Dempsey La Mirada, Calif.

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Donald P. Havens Irvine, Calif.

John P. Keefer Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jeanette F. Mensen Decorah, Iowa

Sharon S. Phillips Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Shirley A. Schultz Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ruth A. Swearingen Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Max S. Hawkins, Jr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Barbara M. Keil Bellevue, Iowa

Ward D. Meyer Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Robert A. Pierce Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Steven G. Scott Marion, Iowa

Richard W. Szy Palm Bay, Fla.

Virginia J. Hayes Central City, Iowa

Ronald W. Kirchenbauer Southlake, Texas

Joyce D. Miller Manchester, Iowa

Ruth A. Pierce Hiawatha, Iowa

Karen K. Seavy Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Michael F. Tanner Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Russell A. Moore Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Robert G. Pinchotti Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Michael F. Sedlar Walnut, Calif.

Chris L. Thompson Robins, Iowa

Jill E. Mrazek Ely, Iowa

Duane H. Pipho Casa Grande, Ariz.

Richard J. Sexton Lone Tree, Iowa

Thuthuy T. Tran Santa Clara, Calif.

Brent D. Munson Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Bobbie Pipho Casa Grande, Ariz.

Gary L. Shedek Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Anh N. Tran San Jose, Calif.

Robert H. Murdock Washington, Utah

Randall S. Pitchford Canby, Ore.

Connie M. Short Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rosemary Vercande Oxford Junction, Iowa

Rose M. Noonan Hiawatha, Iowa

David W. Porter Etiwanda, Calif.

Mable Simpson Melbourne, Fla.

David F. Oldakowski Shellsburg, Iowa

Jeanne A. Pullin Troy Mills, Iowa

Kenneth E. Smith Grand Prairie, Texas

Linda K. Olney Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Carolyn J. Raymond Marion, Iowa

Kimberly K. Smoak Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Deborah C. Osborn Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Larry C. Reeve Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Eric W. Snyder Cupertino, Calif.

Cynthia A. Parmer Monmouth, Iowa

John J. Ritchey Lincoln, Neb.

Randall L. Spaak Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Marilyn J. Paulsen Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Juan C. Rodas Riverside, Calif.

Terry L. Speral Marion, Iowa

Ronald R. Payne Anamosa, Iowa

Barbara J. Roggow Marion, Iowa

Madonna M. Spooner Robins, Iowa

Ruth E. PeakeBeisker Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Jerome A. Roland Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Barbara K. Steger Marion, Iowa

Fernando R. Ruiz Chino Hills, Calif.

Bonnie J. Stewart Beaverton, Ore.

David M. Sampson Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Gary G. Strandberg Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Scott R. Sayer Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rick J. Stusse Fairfax, Iowa

Theresa K. Scheuerman Hiawatha, Iowa

Denis C. Sullivan Melbourne, Fla.

Duane M. Heefner Marion, Iowa Carol M. Hepner Marion, Iowa John N. Hill Robins, Iowa Robert W. Hoech Cedar Rapids, Iowa Brenda B. Hollingshead Anamosa, Iowa Thomas E. Hora Cedar Rapids, Iowa Steven R. Hubbard Cedar Rapids, Iowa Wayne I. Hughes Plano, Texas Karen K. Inge Marion, Iowa Vallerie A. Jannie Marion, Iowa Gregory A. Jobe Marion, Iowa Sharon L. Johnson Covina, Fla. Paul W. Johnson Anamosa, Iowa Thomas D. Johnson Solon, Iowa Michael W. Julsen Hiawatha, Iowa Linda D. Karnoff Riverside, Calif.

30 HORIZONS b 2013

Pamela J. Kirk Alburnett, Iowa Ralph L. Kitson Marion, Iowa Virginia A. Klosterman Cedar Rapids, Iowa Frances J. Kolsrud Atkins, Iowa Ronald E. Kositzky Cedar Rapids, Iowa Janalee M. Kosowski Cedar Rapids, Iowa Stephen I. Kotalik Marion, Iowa Pamela S. Kramer Lisbon, Iowa Pui Fong T. Law Saratoga, Calif. Gary F. Lohrer Urbana, Iowa Joette K. Lutz Cedar Rapids, Iowa Donna M. Mattson Newhall, Iowa Mary F. Mc Cullough Cedar Rapids, Iowa Sandra L. Mc Grath Norway, Iowa Carol J. Meister Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ronald J. Pelusi Cedar Rapids, Iowa Mark R. Pennartz Mechanicsburg, Pa. Gary A. Pershin Center Point, Iowa Kathy A. Petersen Manchester, Iowa

Donna M. Voss Cedar Rapids, Iowa Ron K. Waite Anamosa, Iowa Darryl J. Wanson Mission Viejo, Calif. Marjorie D. Weber Cedar Rapids, Iowa Terry W. Whigham Richardson, Texas Sherri L. Wilcox Cedar Rapids, Iowa Larry J. Wisor Springville, Iowa Mary Ann Ybarra Manteca, Calif. Thomas K. Yeoman Derby, Kan. Xiang Yin Leesburg, Ga. James R. Young Cedar Rapids, Iowa

In memoriam Rockwell Collins offers condolences to the families and friends of the following employees and retirees, whose deaths were recently reported. Peggy J. Ambrose North Liberty, Iowa Feb. 16, 2013 Vernon A. Ambuehl* Cotati, Calif. April 10, 2013 Jimmy L. Angel* Charlotte, N.C. May 7, 2013 Richard J. Ayres* Cypress, Calif. March 14, 2013 William S. Baranowski* Wyandotte, Mich. Jan. 17, 2013 William G. Bennethum* Shillington, Pa. March 24, 2013 Isham J. Bennett* Gary, Ind. March 22, 2013 Gary L. Block Oxford Junction, Iowa Feb. 18, 2013

Patricia A. Christianson* Elk Run Heights, Iowa Jan. 7, 2013 William L. Chung* San Jose, Calif. April 9, 2013 Robert N. Coel* Sunnyvale, Calif. Feb. 15, 2013 Rita M. Crisci* New Castle, Pa. Feb. 18, 2013 Marion L. Davis* North Hollywood, Calif. Jan. 17, 2013 Raymond E. Degarmo* New Concord, Ohio Jan. 8, 2013 Emily A. Dickman* Burlington, Wash. April 11, 2013 Richard P. Dudek* Melbourne, Fla. Jan. 31, 2013

Robert H. Bradford* Kailua, Hawaii Feb. 17, 2013

Neal R. Duffman* Kenton, Ohio March 1, 2013

Brigitta Bright* Wasola, Mo. Feb. 16, 2013

Lafayette Fatu* Santa Ana, Calif. April 3, 2013

Joan M. Gesualdi* Yorba Linda, Calif. April 16, 2013 Marvin Hatten* Malabar, Fla. Feb. 4, 2013 Ferdous N. Hussain Ashburn, Va. March 31, 2013 Kay Ishizaka* Sunnyvale, Calif. Feb. 21, 2013 Harold D. Jeffrey* Marion, Iowa Feb. 23, 2013

Lawrence J. Mc Cormick* Marion, Iowa April 7, 2013 Darwin Z. McDowell* Saint Louisville, Ohio March 22, 2013 Helen L. Melius* Sacramento, Calif. Feb. 4, 2013 Dorothy B. Mertz* Gordo, Ala. May 11, 2013 Dana F. Moore* Zanesville, Ohio April 18, 2013

Patricia E. Johnson Columbus Junction, Iowa March 6, 2013

Erwin J. Neudorfer* Georgetown, Texas March 29, 2013

Michael L. Johnston* Libertyville, Iowa Jan. 19, 2013

Jack L. Offenhauser* Fayetteville, N.C. March 14, 2013

Robert W. Kindell, Jr.* Kenton, Ohio March 3, 2013

Robert E. Orsborn* North Lewisburg, Ohio March 21, 2013

Roberta R. Kuehl* Glen Ellyn, Ill. March 14, 2013 Thomas E. Levi, Sr.* Arlington, Texas March 22, 2013

James E. Pachoud* Campbell, Calif. March 10, 2013 Miloslav Parizek Palm Bay, Fla. Jan. 11, 2013

Wayne C. Penfold Foothill Ranch, Calif. May 29, 2013

Larry L. Steffey* Wernersville, Pa. Dec. 31, 2012

John C. Ramsey* Marion, Iowa May 21, 2012

James G. Tuckett* Pavillion, Wyo. Feb. 13, 2013

Larry L. Risner* Mc Guffey, Ohio Feb. 6, 2013

Bruce G. Vail* Madison Heights, Mich. Jan. 15, 2013

Johann Roehl* Livermore, Calif. Feb. 11, 2013 Rickie N. Rowray* Johnston, Iowa Feb. 11, 2013 Virginia Sanchez* Riverside, Calif. March 14, 2013 Harvey D. Scearcy* Libertyville, Iowa Jan. 15, 2013 Jennifer J. Simmons Anamosa, Iowa March 9, 2013 Danny R. Smith* Forest Falls, Calif. April 1, 2013

Linda R. Vargas* O’Fallon, Ill. Feb. 24, 2013 Kathi A. Vaughn West Melbourne, Fla. April 15, 2013 Ralph E. Ward* Plano, Texas Jan 22, 2013 Ted L. Wolf* Cheboygan, Mich. April 19, 2013 Linda S. Wood* Robins, Iowa Feb. 19, 2013 Charles W. Yoh, Jr.* Bernville, Pa. Jan. 25, 2013

Glen L. Smith* Upper Sandusky, Ohio April 6, 2013


V OLUME 1 8 b I SSUE 2


O lugar que nós chamamos de casa há 40 anos.

Todo dia nossos empregados em São José dos Campos demonstram o compromisso e o orgulho que fazem parte de ser brasileiro. O mesmo faz sua empresa. Os investimentos da Rockwell Collins em projetos e produção sustentados para clientes comerciais e militares contribuem para a economia local e nossa transferência de tecnologia acentua a tradição de inovação do Brasil. Estamos orgulhosos de sermos parte do sucesso global do Brasil.

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