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ATK Employees Selected for Aviation Week's 40 Under Forty Listhttp://www.atk.com/news-media/inside-atk/atk-employees-selected-for-aviation-week’s-40-under-forty-listATK Employees Selected for Aviation Week's 40 Under Forty List2014-08-28T00:00:00Z<p>Every year <em>Aviation Week & Space Technology</em> goes in search of talented individuals who are rising stars in the global aerospace and defense industry. This year, two Defense Electronic Systems employees made the 40 under Forty list. Brad Hayes, deputy director of Special Mission Aircraft in Fort Worth, Texas and Austin Miller, AARGM program development manager of Strike Weapons in Northridge, California made the list. Aviation Week <a href="http://awin.aviationweek.com/portals/awin/Interactives/AWST/40under40/forty.html"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">40 under Forty list</span></a>.</p><p>As the Deputy Director responsible for ATK's Special Mission Aircraft day-to-day execution, Brad is responsible for three different areas: Weaponized Platforms, Special Projects and Mission Support Services. Most recently, ATK delivered two modified CASA-235 light gunships to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and started flight testing for the first MC-27J that will be fielded by the Italian Air Force this fall and continues to provide personnel for in-country field support to Jordan, Iraq, Colombia and Lebanon. </p><p>Brad has been with ATK for 16 years and has held several roles of increasing responsibility during his career. Brad has been responsible for design, development, testing, training and support of 86 different ISR, Attack and MedEvac aircraft for customers to include US Special Operations Command, Air Combat Command and multiple partner nations. As a part of these deliveries, Brad directed contingency operations, re0ignited the Iraqi air force, fielded multiple ISR assets and established flight training programs at three austere flying locales supporting US DoD operations; supervised 40+ personnel and earned Program of the Year award from U.S. Air Force Material Command. </p><p>Austin Miller is the program manager responsible for Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) development programs. AARGM is a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile system, upgrading legacy AGM-88 HARM missiles with advanced capability to perform Destruction of Enemy Air Defense missions. </p><p>Austin has been with ATK for 11 years and has held several roles of increasing responsibility during his career. He began as an intern in 2003 and then worked as a Guidance, Navigation and Controls (GNC) engineer for six years. In this role, he designed and tested GNC algorithms for navigation, target tracking and track files management. During this time, he received 10 ATK Achievement Awards and a Gold Technical Excellence Award. His extensive technical experience on the AARGM program coupled with his demonstrated leadership success in managing several complex development programs have resulted in his promotion to the position of program manager over all AARGM development. This includes the Block 1 software upgrade, cost improvement projects, aircraft integration programs and all other developmental efforts in support of future AARGM enhancements.</p><p>As a program manager, Austin has been extremely successful in executing complex development programs on schedule and on budget. His technical expertise in missile design and his leadership qualities have allowed him to successfully execute programs across many engineering disciplines and geographic regions. </p><p>"Congratulations to both Austin and Brad. These men have worked hard, exceeded expectations and proven themselves as standouts amongst their peers," said Bill Kasting, vice president and general manager of ATK Defense Electronic Systems.</p>
ATK Small Caliber Systems Welcomes New Commanderhttp://www.atk.com/news-media/inside-atk/atk-small-caliber-systems-welcomes-new-commanderATK Small Caliber Systems Welcomes New CommanderGP0|#00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000337;L0|#000000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000337|Supporting Military Service;GTSet|#00000000-0000-0000-0000-0000000000032014-08-20T00:00:00Z<p>​Lt. Col. Shane Upton has taken command of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri operated by ATK Small Caliber Systems. July 23 marked Upton's first day as commander at the plant. A change of command ceremony took place where the former commander, Lt. Col. Larry Cannon passed the Lake City colors to Lt. Col. Shane Upton. Lake City employees, friends and family were on hand to hail the new commander and bid farewell to Cannon. </p><p>After the ceremony, ATK Lake City's Vice President and General Manager Kent Holiday spoke to Upton's field experience. "He has firsthand experience and knows what it is currently like for our warfighters," Holiday said, "Upton knows how important our product is in the field, and can lean on his experience to ensure we are consistently delivering quality product to our country's warfighter."<br></p><p>As the plant's commander, Upton is responsible for oversight of the ATK contract, safety, security, law enforcement, environmental and modernization.</p><p>Lt. Col. Upton comes to Lake City from Fort Carlson, Colorado. He has served in the 4<sup>th</sup> Infantry Division G4, the 64<sup>th</sup> Brigade Support Battalion, and the 43<sup>rd</sup> Sustainment Brigade. During his time in the 4<sup>th</sup> Infantry Division, he deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Upton, an Illinois native, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Ordnance upon graduation from the University of Illinois (Urbana – Champaign). After completing the Ordnance Ammunition Officer Basic Course, Upton was assigned to the 529<sup>th</sup> Modular Ammunition Company in Vilseck​, Germany.</p>

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