Savage Arms, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of firearms with products in the long-gun category, actually designed the first washing machine to spin clothes dry rather than use a wringer. Released in 1924, the washing machine was designed to fully take advantage of electricity. In fact, it was quite a bit ahead of its time considering the spin cycle was performed with the drum in the vertical position, much like the newest washers of today.
American Rifleman Managing Editor Aaron Carter recently visited the Federal Premium testing facilities in Anoka, Minn. to conduct research for an article and co-host a segment for “American Rifleman Television.” During his visit, Carter documented several law enforcement protocol tests including shooting through automotive-grade glass into ballistic gel.
Look for the video titled Federal Shotshell Production on the Outdoor Channel website under the All American Rifleman TV section on the homepage. The full episode will air on Nov. 27, 2013.
More than 400 girls attended the annual Northern Utah Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in Science and Mathematics conference on Nov. 2. The conference is sponsored by ATK Aerospace Group, continuing a valuable tradition and reaching more than 5,000 young women over the past 13 years.
The main goal of EYH is to excite young women about science, math and technical careers, where men are still in the majority. At the conference, girls in grades six through nine attended three workshops they selected from 26 different choices. These hands-on workshops were taught by women in math and science professions, giving the students a sense of what a career in these fields would be like and providing role models for them.
Dr. Sarah Hiza, chief engineer for the Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile program and technical director of Strategic Programs at ATK, served as this year’s keynote speaker, encouraging the young women to attend and graduate from college. Hiza says she is still expanding her horizons, although she has an advanced degree and career. “While you may choose a career, it doesn’t end there, it is just the beginning,” she says. “You will continue to have dreams and goals, and you can follow them throughout your life.” Hiza’s favorite quote? “Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
“Our mission is to encourage young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers,” said Angie Harbert, systems engineer at ATK and this year’s EYH conference chairperson. “There are really cool jobs that women in Utah have, such as DNA research, developing video games and making composite bike parts. My hope is the conference inspires the girls to use their STEM knowledge to make Utah a better place.”
The workshops spanned a variety of fun activities including learning what it takes to be a veterinarian, a rocket scientist, a chemist, an engineer and a computer programmer.
The girls who attended the EYH conference came from more than 100 schools throughout Northern Utah. The conference was held at Mt. Ogden Jr. High, and due to the popularity of this event, another conference was added five years ago that takes place in Salt Lake City each spring.
Gillian Dowdy, a 7th grader at South Ogden Jr. High is planning to become an astronautical engineer. “I think EYH is awesome, because it gives you a feel for different types of engineering, design and stuff,” she said.”
ATK has proudly supported the Marshall Legacy Institute (MLI) for several years. The MLI donates highly trained landmine detection dogs to mine-affected countries and trains local handlers to safely use these dogs to find landmines. It also provides prostheses and rehabilitative care to people, particularly children, who have been injured by landmines, and vocational training to restore dignity and hope. Army Maj. Gen. (ret.) Guy Bourn, ATK’s vice president of Defense Systems, is on the MLI Board of Directors.
ATK’s newly sponsored dog, MDD Rocket, completed his training at the Mine Detection Dog Center in Bosnia, Herzegovina, and deployed to Azerbaijan where he was paired with his new handler at the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action. MDD Rocket will carry on the legacy of the retired MDD Duco, sponsored by ATK in 2005, who searched more than 1.5 million square meters of mine-contaminated land in Azerbaijan, allowing people to return to their homes, grow crops, herd animals, go to school, and live, work and play on the land without fear.
Women in Aerospace (WIA) presented Sandy Coleman, ATK Director, NASA Exploration, with The Outstanding Member Award on October 29th, during the WIA Annual Awards Dinner. Sandy was recognized for her dedication to WIA and her exceptional contributions to the aerospace community. Dianne Sosa, ATK Aerospace Space Systems Division and WIA’s Chair of the Board, presented the award, and profiled Sandy’s impressive 40 year career at NASA, beginning as a GS-3 Secretary and rising to the Senior Executive Service and Manager of the Space Shuttle External Tank after the Colombia Accident. Dianne also noted her commitment to WIA as a past Chair of the Board and WIA Foundation’s President, as well as her leadership in the aerospace community.
During her acceptance of the award, Sandy demonstrated her enthusiasm to continue to inspire and educate future generations. She remarked, “We want to pass on a healthy Space Program to the next generation. WIA is a wonderful platform to share this passion and help the next generation catch the spirit that many of us have experienced.”
ATK completed the acquisition of Bushnell Group Holdings, Inc., a leading global designer, marketer and distributor of branded sports optics, outdoor accessories and performance eyewear. Bushnell offers a broad portfolio of high-quality, innovative and affordable products targeted to the outdoor and sport enthusiast. Bushnell will be integrated within ATK’s Sporting Group, and the acquisition gives ATK a comprehensive product offering of accessories to complement its ammunition and sporting arms business. For more information on the Bushnell transaction, please see the news release.
In September, Jason Aldean, country singer and current member of the Buck Commanders, attended a long range shooting day hosted by Sporting Group brands Federal Premium, Weaver Scopes and Tactical Rings and newly acquired Savage Rifles. Jason made a stop during a recent concert tour to Ridgefield, Washington to visit the home of Team Savage, World and National Champions at Douglas Ridge Rifle Club in Estacada, Oregon. The day’s shooting events were filmed for a future episode of Buck Commander.
“I wanted a job where I could continue to support the men and women who wear the uniform,” – Captain Sara Behr. Behr left the active Army in 2003. She is currently a company commander in the Minnesota Army National Guard AND a communications specialist at ATK’s Armament Systems in Plymouth. Sara will be representing ATK at this week’s AUSA 2013 Annual Meeting and Exposition. Minnesota. More
Know of a veteran looking for a career? Tell them about ATK’s Jobs for Veterans program website.
Savage Arms, recently acquired by ATK, donated $25,000 to the fundraising campaign for Fleming College’s Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. “We believe supporting the Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre will help with the Peterborough area’s demand for highly-skilled workers, which in turn, will strengthen our local economy and help improve everyone’s quality of life,” says Terry McCullough, vice president and general manager of Savage Arms. For more information click here.
Earlier this year, the state of Montana held its first ever “Conquer Chiari Walk Across America.” This is a national 5K walk that supports education and research into Chiari, a condition where the brain protrudes from the skull and into the spinal cord. Ian Autry, Senior Technician at BLACKHAWK! in Manhattan, Montana organized the local event in memory of his son Bryce. Bryce passed away last year due to undiagnosed Chiari. Fellow BLACKHAWK! employees joined the walk, and BLACKHAWK! helped sponsor the event.
The day of the event, 60 walkers were greeted with perfect weather conditions in Bozeman, Montana. A little over $2,300 was raised locally and several people stopped to learn about Chiari from the walkers.
Last year, the event was held at 53 different locations, involved more than 8,500 participants and raised over $530,000. This year, the walk has grown to 61 sites and several “Walk Anywhere” sites. The “Walk Anywhere” sites are for those who cannot reach a local site. One “Walk Anywhere” site was at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq with over 50 walkers!
Chiari affects over 300,000 people in the U.S. It affects both the young and old, and can cause unbearable headaches, nerve damage, paralysis, and many other symptoms. In rare cases it can be fatal. Chiari is not well known and there are a lot of unanswered questions about it.
Funds go to the Conquer Chiari Research Center at the University of Akron. To date, they have funded over $1.4 million in research. Further information is available at conquerchiari.org. Next year’s walk will be held across the country on September 20, 2014.
After the event, Ian remarked, “I am honored to work with such a great group of people at BLACKHAWK! who not only make great products but treat their employees great. BLACKHAWK! has supported my family the last year and half through the loss of our son and through their support of the Chiari Walk. I am glad that I made the decision three and a half years ago to join the BLACKHAWK! family.”