Veteran Spotlight: Meet U.S. Air Force Veteran Joe

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Joe is a Communications Security Manager (COMSEC) and COMSEC enterprise compliance framework lead for Northrop Grumman. He started with the company as a secure communications network and maintenance technician, which ultimately evolved into his current role. How long have you been with Northrop Grumman? How did you hear about us? I have been with the company [...]Read More...

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Eyes on the Sky

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From the moment Chris McGrath heard the rumble of an aircraft, he knew he wanted to fly. Growing up in a military family, his gaze was skyward from a young age. His grandfather served in the Korean War, and Chris and his family moved from post to post throughout his dad’s 23-year Marine Corps career.

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From Perseverance to Providing Scholarships

By Taylor Alexander, as told to Emily Gabaldon It wasn’t an easy feat studying aerospace engineering while recovering from jaw surgery. I was born with a birth defect that resulted in a severe craniofacial deformity and I have overcome several surgeries and iterations of braces throughout my life. Just two weeks prior to starting my [...]Read More...

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Veterans and Career Transition during the COVID Crisis and Beyond

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When the global pandemic hit, Northrop Grumman pressed on with necessary hiring, including the recruitment of transitioning service members through its Military Internship Program. To do so, the company maximized the potential of the Department of Defense’s SkillBridge program, a joint-service initiative that allows service members to participate in job training, including apprenticeships and internships, [...]Read More...

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Virtual Hiring Success in the Face of COVID-19

A major recruitment-related obstacle being faced by companies post COVID-19 is the inability to conduct face-to-face interviews. With this unprecedented challenge in mind, Northrop Grumman’s Talent Acquisition team established new virtual hiring practices. During this challenging time, the team worked together to quickly solve complex issues while creating added options for video interviewing. Teams throughout [...]Read More...

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Pushing the Possible

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Pushing further has always been a consistent part of Ken Love’s life. As a kid, Ken didn’t just play video games. When his parents got him a console, he was enamored with the hardware and the software inside. The console triggered his fascination with computers and electronics and set him on his path. “That is [...]Read More...

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Veteran Spotlight: Meet U.S. Air Force Veteran George

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George is a senior principal engineer at Northrop Grumman. Previously a U.S. Air Force fire protection specialist, George is now responsible for regulatory air quality compliance with the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, California Air Resource Board, as well as the environmental protection rules and regulations in Palmdale. How long have you been with [...]Read More...

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Veteran Spotlight: Meet U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Katie

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Katie is an Integrated Product Team Manager on Special Programs at Northrop Grumman. Since joining the company in 2014, she has held roles of increasing responsibility within the Quality organization and program management. Her previous Northrop Grumman assignments include B-2 Production IPT & Replacement Test Aircraft Program Manager, B-2 Deputy Program Quality Manager, Depot & [...]Read More...

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Veteran Spotlight: Meet Marine Corps Veteran Rafael

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Rafael is a staff project manager with Northrop Grumman. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1998 as an aviation operations specialist and retired in November 2019 as a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear defense officer.  He deployed several times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and multiple Marine Expeditionary Unit deployments. [...]Read More...

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At the Helm of Aqua

By Michelle A. Monroe Carl was having a conversation with his 9-year-old grandson, Jeremiah, when he began sharing his love of science and how he turned it into a lifelong career. “As Jeremiah began asking more about climate change, I had one piece of advice: Let science be your guide,” Carl said. At Northrop Grumman, [...]Read More...

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The Domino Effect

Expert Domino Master Topples the Line Between Art and Engineering By Nora Strumpf Four flying drones whizz by overhead, each transporting a box of pizza. A giant evil robot’s bright red eyes begin to flash. On the floor, the word “doom” emerges as 30 robotic vacuums converge. Bill Nye (“the Science Guy”) is cheering from [...]Read More...

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Under the Weather

By Stephanie Flyger Talk to Jim about his job as an atmospheric scientist for more than five minutes, and you’ll likely hear his favorite soapbox speech about the weather. “Anytime someone tells you they have something all-weather they’re lying to you — there’s no such thing,” said Jim, jokingly. “Today, you left your house and [...]Read More...

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One Team’s Journey: DoD Skillbridge

Each year, over 200,000 service members’ shift from active military service to civilian life. The Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge program gives military members a jump-start in that transition.  In January, Northrop Grumman solidified a partnership with the DoD to offer transitioning service members internship opportunities via SkillBridge. This program enables those separating or retiring [...]Read More...

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Tree Planting in Popular Park Aids Hurricane Recovery in Lake Charles

Driving through the City of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Jacob Garland still passes too many houses with what has become a local symbol of need — a blue tarp on the roof. Eighteen months ago, Hurricane Laura — a Category 4 storm tied as the strongest to ever make landfall in Louisiana — devastated the area. In a cruel twist of fate, Hurricane Delta struck the same area six weeks later.

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Rising From the Ashes

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At 6:41 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2020, life quickly changed for residents of Northern California. What was first a typical thunderstorm soon produced close to 11,000 bolts of lightning that sparked hundreds of fires throughout the state. Microbursts of 50–75 mph winds cast hot embers miles downwind, rapidly advancing the fires and making the area [...]Read More...

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Turning the Page

By Jillian Wright For three decades, Northrop Grumman’s Aircraft Maintenance and Fabrication Center (AMFC) team kept a key U.S. Air Force fleet flying. The Lake Charles, Louisiana, site — which performs aircraft maintenance and modifications — historically served as the traditional home of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) aircraft program. [...]Read More...

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A Dream Interrupted, a Community Found

By Leigh McLeod Northrop Grumman Mission Assurance Manager Otis was unsure of his future when the college he was attending dropped aerospace engineering from its curriculum. His dream of becoming an aerospace engineer and astronaut seemed out of reach. Then one night, while attending a basketball game at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, [...]Read More...

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Powering the Artemis Generation

Building on the legacy of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, Northrop Grumman is pushing the limits of possible with the Artemis program, which will land the first woman and first person of color on the moon. The Artemis missions, fueled by the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, will establish the first long-term presence on and around the moon before taking the next giant leap: Mars.

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Yolanda Curtis: Leading a Health Care Team in Times of Crisis and Beyond

For the past 22 years, Northrop Grumman’s Yolanda Curtis has been committed to making an impact in healthcare. Her journey with the company began after she was living overseas with her family for her husband’s Army service. Having taken a break from a career in fashion to raise her children, she attended a career fair [...]Read More...

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3-D Printing for a Cause

When members of Northrop Grumman’s Fabrication Laboratories (FabLabs) in California began recognizing a standout need for personal protective equipment for those on the COVID-19 frontlines, they put their engineering skills to good use: using 3-D additive manufacturing to help produce face shields. Northrop Grumman quickly committed funding for labor and materials. What began as a [...]Read More...

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Using 3-D Printing to Meet Critical Needs of Front Line Workers

To meet the extraordinary challenge presented by COVID-19, Northrop Grumman employees have found creative ways to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for local community healthcare workers. Starting with a few employees using their own 3-D printers to make face shields, headbands, and mask extenders, the effort recently expanded to include Northrop Grumman’s Fabrication Labs (FabLabs) [...]Read More...

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Ideas Brewing to Solve Sanitizer Shortage

With individuals and businesses across the country facing shortages of hand sanitizer, Madeleine Low, director of Programs at the Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence (MAD CoE) in Melbourne, Florida, decided to explore alternate sources. Madeline’s team supports projects vital to national security and, as a result, must continue to work on-site at Northrop Grumman [...]Read More...

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Supporting Social Security Field Offices Through COVID-19

Ordinarily, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) headquarters and its more than 1,200 field offices across the country, are visited daily by thousands of citizens either in person, or by phone, seeking assistance with supplemental income and health and disability insurance. These services are critical, and for many of the nation’s elderly and disabled the SSA [...]Read More...

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Supporting the CDC in the Global Pandemic

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With COVID-19 confirmed worldwide, including the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web team has been working 24/7 to develop and manage content in multiple languages, and maintain a stable IT infrastructure with spiking hits to the CDC website. Of the more than 600 Northrop Grumman employees and contractors supporting the [...]Read More...

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Sweet Treat Turns into Sweet Surprise for Local Food Bank

After spending a week at home because of the coronavirus crisis, Whitney Rutz, a Northrop Grumman employee based in Portland, Oregon, decided to bake herself a giant cinnamon roll to cheer herself up. She posted it to social media and was pleasantly surprised when people responded asking for a roll for themselves. Whitney decided to [...]Read More...

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Sewing with Purpose

Northrop Grumman employees, many of whom are creatives and enjoy making things with their hands both at home as well as at work, routinely use their innovative thinking and resourcefulness to solve unique problems. And now, they’re using their creativity for a greater good — one stitch at a time. Sewing enthusiasts from across the [...]Read More...

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Rising to the Challenge: Engineers Design Emergency Ventilators in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

In late March, Northrop Grumman Program Development Manager Frank Minor spotted a do-it-yourself (DIY) Hack-a-Vent challenge issued by the United States Department of Defense (DoD), soliciting creative individuals from all over the country to come up with the best design and prototype for a quickly and easily manufactured basic ventilator to support medical response teams [...]Read More...

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A Helping Hand in Harpenden

As much of the world continues to self-quarantine and limit its exposure to COVID-19, some of the most isolated people — the elderly and those unable to connect with close friends and family — need a helping hand more than ever. Carissa Tripi, a traveling field engineer currently supporting a Combat Electromagnetic Environment Simulator customer [...]Read More...

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Using Artificial Intelligence to Fight COVID-19 – White House Challenge

Calling on high-tech companies across the country to step up in this time of crisis, the White House issued an Artificial Intelligence Challenge on March 16. The objective: use artificial intelligence or information technology innovations to predict, act or communicate to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on individuals, supply chains and the economy. One of [...]Read More...

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