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    Dear	Friends:

    The	men	and	women	of	the	U.S.	armed	forces	and	their	families	serve	our	country	year	
    after	year,	twenty	four	hours	a	day,	seven	days	a	week.	Their	service	and	sacrifice	make	our	
    nation	stronger	and	the	world	a	safer	place.		
       On	this	Memorial	Day,	it	is	important	to	remember	those	we	have	lost,	and	honor	
    those	who	work	tirelessly	for	our	country.	I	am	so	proud	of	the	Marylanders	serving	as	
    active	duty	military	or	in	a	civilian	role,	and	our	veterans,	who	have	dedicated	their	lives	to	
    protecting	our	country	and	our	freedoms.
       I’m	also	proud	of	Maryland’s	leadership	in	our	national	security	and	defense.	Maryland’s	
    eight	military	bases	truly	are	national	assets.	They	are	centers	of	excellence	in	our	national	

    security	and	military	readiness	at	the	cutting	edge	of	technology	in	the	fields	of	cyber	
    security,	medical	care,	biodefense,	and	aviation	technology.	
       And	with	the	headquarters	of	civilian	defense	agencies	such	as	the	National	Security	
    Agency	and	Defense	Information	Systems	Agencies	located	in	Maryland,	our	state	truly	
    is	today’s	global	leader	in	defense.	We	also	train	the	leaders	of	tomorrow	at	the	U.S.	Naval	
    Academy	in	Annapolis.	
       This	year	in	the	field	of	cyber	security	we	welcomed	the	re-establishment	of	the	Navy’s	
    10th	Fleet	with	the	Navy	Fleet	Cyber	Command	at	Ft.	Meade.	This	means	new	jobs	for	
    Maryland	and	will	showcase	Maryland’s	know-how	and	can-do	spirit	as	we	work	to	defend	
    the	United	States	against	the	complex	and	evolving	attacks	by	hackers	and	cyber	spies	that	
    our	nation	faces	each	day.
       Even	as	we	lead	in	defense,	we	show	over	and	over	again	that	we	also	lead	in	heart.	
    In	the	aftermath	of	the	devastating	earthquake	in	Haiti,	Maryland	accepted	the	call	for	
    help.	Our	very	own	USS	Comfort	set	sail	from	the	Port	of	Baltimore	and	Maryland’s	Air	
    National	Guard	deployed	from	Martin	State	Air	Base	to	provide	relief	and	medical	care	
    in	Port-au-Prince.	I	am	so	proud	of	what	Maryland	and	Marylanders	have	done	and	what	
    they	continue	to	do	to	help	save	lives	in	Haiti.	Maryland	has	answered	the	call	for	help	with	
    extraordinary	capability,	kindness	and	verve.	
       Every	day	I	think	about	the	men	and	women	risking	their	lives	overseas	as	they	stand	
    sentry	on	the	front	lines	of	our	defense.	I	think	of	their	families	and	their	loved	ones.	They	
    are	in	my	prayers	for	a	safe	return	home.		
       We	remember	those	who	have	paid	the	ultimate	price	for	our	country’s	freedom.	We	
    thank	all	veterans	for	their	service	to	our	country.	I	salute	our	Maryland	military	–	past,	
    present	and	future,	and	promise	to	fight	for	you	and	for	the	state.	Not	with	just	one	piece	of	
    legislation,	not	just	for	one	day	of	the	year,	but	in	all	that	we	do	every	day.

    Thank	you	and	God	bless	you,

    Barbara	A.	Mikulski	
    United	States	Senator

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    Dear	Reader,

    It	is	an	extreme	honor	to	be	part	of	Maryland	Life’s	special	Salute	to	the	Military.		The	
    people	of	DRS	Defense	Solutions	are	proud	to	sponsor	this	issue	and	be	counted	among	
    those	who	are	a	part	of	Maryland’s	vital	defense	fabric.		As	a	supplier	of	critical	electronics	
    and	equipment	to	the	warfighter	and	peacekeeper,	we	are	focused	on	bringing	the	best	that	
    industry	has	to	offer	to	help	them	perform	their	essential	missions.				
       As	outlined	in	Sen.	Mikulski’s	message,	Maryland	is	a	leader	in	national	security	and	
    homeland	defense.		We	all	can	take	pride	in	that	position.		
       This	edition	is	a	tribute	to	those	who	selflessly	serve	in	our	armed	forces	and	is	a	

    tremendous	testimony	to	the	special	connection	between	our	military	and	the	state	of	
    Maryland.		We	salute	our	men	and	women	in	uniform	of	all	services	and	their	families.		
    They	protect	us.		They	truly	deserve	our	gratitude	and	support.		
       As	you	read	the	following	stories,	I	want	to	especially	point	out	two	organizations	that	
    deserve	your	attention:	Fisher	House	Foundation	and	Operation	Mend.	
       Fisher	House	Foundation	supports	America’s	military	by	providing	a	home	away	from	
    home	enabling	family	members	to	be	close	to	a	loved	one	at	a	most	stressful	time	--	during	
    hospitalization.		Headquartered	in	Rockville,	Fisher	House	Foundation	builds	and	donates	
    homes	to	be	used	for	temporary	lodging	while	a	military	member	receives	medical	care.		
    Fisher	Houses	allow	families	to	stay	together.		Currently	there	are	45	Fisher	Houses	located	
    on	18	military	installations	and	15	VA	medical	centers.	Twelve	more	houses	are	under	
    construction	or	in	design.
       Operation	Mend	is	a	project	that	offers	hope	and	healing	to	those	suffering	casualties	
    while	serving	in	Iraq	and	Afghanistan.		Through	a	unique	collaboration	between	Brooke	
    Army	Medical	Center	in	San	Antonio,	Texas,	and	UCLA	Medical	Center	in	Southern	
    California,	Operation	Mend	ensures	that	our	wounded	warriors	receive	the	best	care	that	
    the	military	and	private	sector	can	offer.		The	program	focuses	on	reconstructive	surgery	
    following	burns	and	related	trauma.		
       I	point	out	these	two	organizations	because	they	illustrate	how	those	who	gave	their	
    best	for	our	country	receive	the	best	in	return.		Further,	the	employees	of	DRS	Defense	
    Solutions	support	these	organizations	as	a	way	to	honor	our	returning	injured	soldiers.
       Thank	you	to	those	who	serve.		You	are	appreciated.

    Richard	S.	Danforth
    President	and	CEO
    DRS	Defense	Solutions
    Bethesda,	Maryland

                                                 SALUTE TO THE MILITARY | MARYLAND LIFE            5
                                                                                                                                                  BY JENNIFER KEATS CURTIS

                                                                                            CHRISTINE REINHART LUGS TWO STUFFED ANIMALS WITH HER	
                                                                                            to	work	at	McCormick	&	Company	in	Hunt	Valley	every	day.	The	voice	in	
                                                                                            the	well-loved	bear	and	monkey,	which	can	be	activated	by	tapping	the	paws,	
                                                                                            belongs	to	her	son,	20-year-old	Brandon,	who	was	deployed	to	Afghanistan	
                                                                                            last	year	on	her	birthday…and	Mother’s	Day,	May	11.
                                                                                                While	Reinhart	holds	tight	to	these	inanimate	reminders	of	her	son,	it	
                                                                                            is	the	fact	that	she	can	talk	live	with	the	real	Brandon	nearly	every	day	for	

                                                                                            which	she	is	most	grateful.	
                                                                                                                            When	Brandon	was	first	deployed,	he	only	
                                                                                                                        phoned	home	sporadically	because	of	the	poor	
                                                                                                                        quality	of	the	connection	and	the	expense	of	using	
                                                                                                                        pre-paid	phone	cards.
                                                                                                                            Now	he,	like	other	deployed	troops,	has	access	to	

                                                                                                                        an	Internet	Café,	an	ingenious	way	for	servicemen	
                                                                                                                        and	women	stationed	overseas	to	stay	connected	
                                                                                                                        to	their	loved	ones	at	home	via	the	Internet	and	
                                                                                                                            This	type	of	immediate	link	is	invaluable.	
                                                                                                                            “We	mothers	protect	our	children,	we	shield	

                                                                                                                        them	and	help	them	to	make	the	right	decisions,”	
                                                                                                                        says	Reinhart,	who	carries	her	cell	phone	with	
                                                                                                                        her	everywhere	in	case	her	son	calls.	“Now,	he’s	in	
                                                                                            harm’s	way,	and	I	can’t	really	do	anything	for	him,	but	I	can	talk	to	him.”	
                                                                                                Thanks	to	a	versatile	system	designed	by	a	DRS	Defense	Solutions	busi-
                                                                                            ness	unit	--	DRS	Technical	Services	Inc.	(TSI)	--		in	support	of	the	Space	
                                      Thanks to Internet Cafés, home                        and	Naval	Warfare	Systems	Center	(SPAWAR)	Atlantic-European	Office,	
                                      is just a mouse-click away                            Internet	Cafes	have	become	a	21st-century,	high-tech	mail	call.
                                                                                                (DRS	TSI	is	one	of	the	world’s	largest	satellite	communication	providers	
                                                                                            to	the	Department	of	Defense;	it	uses	satellite	bandwidth	to	help	connect	
                                                                                            people,	organizations,	and	the	military	worldwide.	SPAWAR,	a	member	of	
                                                                                            the	Naval	Acquisition	Enterprise,	designs,	develops,	and	deploys	advanced	
                                                                                            communication	and	information	capabilities	for	the	military	worldwide.)	
                                                                                                Currently	located	at	every	major	U.S.	military	base	worldwide—includ-
                                                                                            ing	nearly	600	active	sites	in	Iraq	and	200	in	Afghanistan—these	cafés	
                                                      DRS DEFENSE SOLUTIONS PHOTO ARCHIVE

                                                                                            certainly	help	service	members	take	part	in	milestone	events,	such	as	a	birth	
                                                                                            or	a	school	graduation.	But	equally	important	is	the	connection	it	gives	them	
                                                                                            to	everyday	events—like	banking	online	or	helping	a	spouse	get	her	car	
                                                                                            repaired—24	hours	a	day,	seven	days	a	week.	And	thanks	to	the	low	cost	of	
                                                                                            Voice	over	Internet	Protocol	(VoilP)		calls,	the	service	member	may	not	feel	
                                                                                            quite	so	rushed	during	their	conversations.
                                                                                                “This	ability	to	stay	involved	in	family	life	and	to	respond	quickly	when	
                                                                                            needed	makes	a	huge	difference	in	the	stress	levels	of	soldiers,	airmen,	
                                                                                            Marines,	and	civilians	deployed	to	help	support	them,”	explains	DRS	
                                                                                            program	manager	Darin	McCloy,	who	is	stationed	at	the	DRS	Vaihingen,	
                                                                                            Germany,	operation.

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                       Cafés,	which	house	five	to	20	computers	and	           more	unusual	problems	may	plague	café	users.	            they	will	send	us	an	email	to	ask	what	needs	to	be	
                   phones,	are	located	within	tents,	sheds,	or	build-             “Sandstorms	and	winds	can	affect	the	con-            done.	The	SPAWAR	folks	know	what	needs	to	get	
                   ings,	and	are	anchored	by	nearly	six-foot-wide	sat-        nection;	infrastructures	can	be	[damaged];	or	           done	and	make	sure	the	troops	get	connected	to	
                   ellite	dishes	that	make	communication	possible.	           troops	may	relocate	and	take	the	café	with	them,”	       home.”
                   The	cafés	can	also	be	set	up	in	mere	hours.		              explains	Hartman.	“The	troops	will	set	it	back	up	
                       “The	hardest	part	is	shipping	them	around	to	a	        as	best	they	can,	and	call	us	if	a	tech	is	needed	to	
                   central	location,”	explains	McCloy.	“We	provide	           set	up	a	dish	or	re-calibrate.”	
                   the	gear,	but	it	is	the	unit’s	responsibility	to	get	it	       Fortunately,	staff	at	the	NOC	is	available	
                   to	the	site	and	to	set	up	the	wiring	and	telephones.	      to	help	24/7,	says	McCloy.	“We	monitor	the	
                   For	the	most	part,	these	are	young	kids	who	grew	          network,	teleports,	and	satellites	at	three	different	
                   up	with	computers,	and	they	can	certainly	plug	
                   them	in	and	turn	them	on.	This	type	of	self-help	is	
                   part	of	what	keeps	the	cost	low.”
                                                                              locations	in	Germany,	Italy,	and	in	Greece.”	
                                                                                  Technicians	also	monitor	and	check	the	help	
                                                                              status	in	every	café	deployed.	
                       After	the	troops	set	up	the	café,	a	DRS	field	             “Technicians	on	watch	can	log	in	remotely	and	           TO HELP TROOPS CONNECT
                   technician	comes	in	to	bring	the	café	“on	air”	and	        analyze	and	solve	issues	quickly,”	says	McCloy.	“If	         to their loved ones back home,
                   to	commission	it.	About	63	DRS	techs	are	cur-              we	get	a	call	or	email	about	a	trouble	in	the	field,	
                                                                                                                                           several organizations, includ-
                   rently	deployed	in	Iraq	and	Afghanistan.                   we	try	to	respond	within	an	hour,	and	we	do	our	
                       Unlike	the	Internet	provided	in	the	U.S.,	the	         best	to	get	it	resolved	immediately.”	                       ing the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
                   Internet	and	phone	connections	in	these	remote	                Since	most	of	the	SPAWAR	and	DRS	staff	                  sponsor “free call” days. And to
                   areas	are	supplied	by	satellite.	                          members	have	previous	military	experience,	they	             show their support for Haitian-
                       “This	is	certainly	not	the	norm,	and	because	          understand	the	importance	of	quickly	establishing	           American military families dealing
                   [there	is	only	so	much	bandwidth]	available,	we	           and	maintaining	these	communication	systems.	                with the aftereffects of the recent
                   do	have	to	control	café	access	and	usage	to	be	sure	           “We	know	these	guys	are	out	there	talking	
                                                                                                                                           earthquake near Port-au-Prince,
                   that	everyone	gets	an	equitable	experience	and	a	          to	their	kids,	parents,	and	wives,	and	that	it’s	a	
                   guaranteed	level	of	service	so	that	there	is	good	         traumatic	experience	when	the	[lines]	go	down,”	             DRS and SPAWAR have suspended
                   quality,”	explains	Michael	Hartman,	SPAWAR’s	              explains	McCloy,	a	retired	Marine.	“Our	techni-              charges for calls from Operation
                   senior	program	manager	for	the	Morale,	Welfare	            cians	have	the	greatest	jobs,	because	when	they	             Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi
                   and	Recreation	(MWR)	Internet	Cafés.                       show	up,	they	are	heroes.”                                   Freedom troops to Haiti.
                       While	civilians	may	have	occasional	trouble	               He	adds,	“Troops	have	deployed	so	often	that	
                   with	a	disconnected	cable	or	a	modem	issue,	               they	know	how	to	find	us,	and	if	a	café	isn’t	there,	

                                                                                                                                         SALUTE TO THE MILITARY | MARYLAND LIFE         7
                                                                                   BY JENNIFER KEATS CURTIS


                                                                            is home
          worriedly	kissed	her	son	and	then	prepared	him	
          for	a	now	common	occurrence:	undergoing	
          major	surgery	at	the	National	Naval	Medical	
          Center	in	Bethesda.
             On	March	1,	2006,	her	son,	Staff	Sergeant	Jose	
          Pequeno,	a	military	policeman	in	Iraq,	was	blown	
          out	of	a	Humvee	during	a	grenade	attack.
             “When	the	medics	arrived,	they	thought	my	
          son	was	dead,”	says	Bagley.	“His	whole	left	side	
          was	shattered.	The	driver	had	died	instantly.”
             Because	of	the	extent	of	his	injuries,	including	
          severe	brain	trauma,	Pequeno,	now	36,	has	spent	
          much	of	the	past	four	years	in	military	hospitals	
          under	the	care	of	doctors	desperately	trying	to	
          improve	the	quality	of	his	life.	
             “Your	whole	world	turns	upside	down;	you	lose	
          a	piece	of	yourself,	and	you	never	get	it	back,”	says	
          Bagley.	“When	you	go	through	something	like	
          this,	you	lose	all	sense	of	normalcy.”
             You	also	lose	all	sense	of	home.	
             Although	Bagley	was	living	in	New	Hampshire	
          in	2006,	she	left	everything	behind	to	be	at	her	
          son’s	hospital	bedside,	no	matter	where	he	was	
          admitted—in	Maryland,	DC,	Boston,	or	Florida.	
          Now,	she	says,	“Home	is	wherever	my	son	is.”
             In	several	places,	she	stayed	on	the	floor	of	
          Pequeno’s	hospital	room	or	in	a	hotel.	But,	with	
          only	her	daughter	Elizabeth	for	support	and	
          limited	funds,	Bagley’s	options	were	quickly	
          running	out.
                                                                                                              LISA HELFERT

                         (Standing) David Broome and Kimberly Bennett
               (Seated) Elizabeth and Nelida Bagley and Merlin, the dog

    Fortunately,	she	finally	connected	with	the	        of	all	military	families	in	need,	including	parents	
Fisher	House.                                           with	premature	infants	and	retirees	with	cancer,	
    Today,	Bagley	has	a	“home	away	from	home.”	         wounded	warriors	do	receive	top	priority.	
    The	Fisher	House	on	Stokes	Road	in	Bethesda	            In	Maryland,	because	of	the	proximity	to	the	
is	one	of	three	current	homes	in	Maryland	and	45	       Bethesda	medical	center	and	Walter	Reed	Army	
nationwide,	all	of	which	are	located	in	close	prox-     Medical	Center	in	Washington,	DC,	many	families	
                                                                                                                          Want to help? Each Fisher
                                                                                                                          House is run by two paid staff
imity	to	major	military	and	VA	medical	centers.	        are	tending	to	soldiers	who	have	returned	from	
                                                                                                                          members and helped by a corps of
Two	more	Fisher	Houses	are	under	construction	          Iraq	and	Afghanistan	with	missing	limbs	and/or	
                                                                                                                          military and non-military volunteers.
in	Maryland,	and	many	more	are	being	built	             traumatic	brain	injuries.	
                                                                                                                          Community members also regularly
nationwide.		                                               “Families	are	triaged	so	that	those	with	the	
                                                                                                                          donate non-perishable items, drop
    Founded	by	Zachary	and	Elizabeth	Fisher	            greatest	needs,	be	they	financial,	emotional,	or	the	
                                                                                                                          off movies and books, and decorate
in	1990,	the	Fisher	House	Program	is	a	private-         gravity	of	illness,	get	a	room	first,”	explains	Wood,	
                                                                                                                          the house during holidays. To find
public	partnership	that	provides	the	food	and	          one	of	two	paid	Fisher	House	employees.
                                                                                                                          out the best way to help, please call
comforts	of	home,	free	of	charge,	to	America’s	             “This	is	the	best	thing	that	could	have	ever	
                                                                                                                          301-295-5334 or 301-981-1243.
active	and	retired	military	and	their	families	         happened	to	us,”	proclaims	Bagley,	whose	son	was	
during	medical	crises.	                                 able	to	stay	at	the	Fisher	House	with	her	and	her	
                                                                                                                          Text “HERO” to 40579 to donate
    Depending	upon	its	size,	each	Fisher	House	         daughter	before	his	surgery.	“You	need	a	place	
                                                                                                                          $10 to the Fisher House Foundation.
(which	has	been	donated	to	the	military	and	De-         where	you	can	feel	normal,	to	relax	and	have	a	cup	
                                                                                                                          This text number can be tailored to
partment	of	Veterans	Affairs	by	the	Fisher	House	       of	tea,	and	to	cry,	but	not	at	the	hospital	in	front	
Foundation)	can	house	between	seven	and	20	
families.	Amenities	include	private	bedrooms	and	
baths	and	shared	kitchens,	laundry	rooms,	and	
                                                        of	everybody.”
                                                            Bagley	also	appreciates	the	close	ties	she	shares	
                                                        with	other	families	who	are	staying	at	Fisher	House.	
                                                                                                                 J        track a specific corporate campaign
                                                                                                                          or a single event. Visit www.fisher-
                                                                                                                 for more information.
dining	and	living	areas.	Quiet	quarters	to	meditate,	       “Nobody	knows	what	we	are	going	through	
                                                                                                                          The Fisher House Foundation is a
to	rest,	or	to	play—like	the	fish	pond	at	the	Stokes	   unless	they	are	in	our	shoes,”	she	says.	“You	lose	
                                                                                                                          nationally recognized, premier
Road	home—are	common.                                   so	much	and	you	have	such	stress,	but	[the	other	
                                                                                                                          nonprofit with a four-star Charity
    “This	is	one	way	of	giving	back	to	these	men	       families	and	I]	can	talk	about	it	so	that	we	don’t	
                                                                                                                          Navigator rating and an A+ from the
and	women	who	make	great	sacrifices	for	us,	            feel	so	alone.”
                                                                                                                          American Institute of Philanthropy.
who	make	us	free,	and	who	defend	us	every	day,”	            Wood	understands	this	sentiment.	
                                                                                                                          Of the 39 military/veterans charities
explains	Fisher	House	manager	Becky	Wood,	                  “There	is	a	real	bond	that	happens	with	these	
                                                                                                                          rated in the December 2009 report,
whose	passion	for	her	job	and	dedication	to	these	      families,”	she	says.	“In	the	evening,	after	everyone	
                                                                                                                          only four received an A+. President
families	stems	from	a	feeling	that	“we	need	to	         has	returned	from	visiting	their	loved	one	at	the	
                                                                                                                          Barack Obama gave the largest
do	more	than	just	say	thank	you	to	the	men	and	         hospital,	and	when	they	are	all	watching	TV	or	
                                                                                                                          portion of his Nobel Peace Prize
women	who	serve.”		                                     playing	games,	you	can’t	tell	where	one	family	
                                                                                                                          award, a $250,000 grant, to the
    While	Fisher	House	is	intended	for	members	         ends	and	the	next	begins.”
                                                                                                                          Fisher House Foundation.

                                                                                                                          2009 Highlights:
    FISHER HOUSE INSPIRES FURTHER GIVING                                                                                  Families served –
                                                                                                                          approximately 11,000
    North Carolina National Guardsman Dale Beatty was so inspired by his stay                                             Average length of stay – 16 days
    at Maryland’s Fisher House that he became the first recipient of its services
                                                                                                                          Average length of stay for combat
    to become a Fisher House Foundation trustee. He also began his own non-                                               casualties – 45-60 days
    profit organization to help other wounded veterans.                                                                   Saved families more than $12 million
    After losing both his legs below the knee during his deployment in Iraq,                                              in lodging costs, plus food and
    Beatty was transferred to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. His wife
                                                                                                                          More than 75,000 hours of
    and two young sons were able to stay at a Fisher House during his 35-day                                              volunteer service
    hospitalization. For the 11 remaining months of his outpatient treatment, he
    stayed at Fisher House with them.                                                                                     Since 1990:
      “By the time we left, my youngest son had lived over half of his life at                                            Families served –
                                                                                                                          more than 130,000
    Fisher House,” says Beatty, 32, who started Purple Heart Homes with Staff
                                                                                                                          Number of lodging days –
    Sergeant John Gallina, who was injured in the same explosion that took Be-                                            nearly 3 million
    atty’s legs. Their new charity will assess wounded veterans’ homes and then                                           Saved families more than $150
    facilitate the reconstruction, remodeling, or renovations needed to make the                                          million in lodging costs, plus food
    homes as accessible as possible.
      For more information, visit

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                                                                                                             CHAS TUORI

                                                                                                                                                Bethesda is home to DRS Defense
                                                                                                                                                         Solutions headquarters.

                     solutions                                                              Supporting our warriors
                                                                                            on the battlefield

THROUGHOUT THIS GREAT STATE,                            ment	and	Closure	(BRAC)	is	bringing	changes	to	                   attacks	in	Iraq	and	Afghanistan,	as	well	as	here.	
patriotic	Americans	passionately	serve	their	           the	military	installations	in	our	region.                         They	also	include	situational	awareness	optics,	
country	and	fellow	countrymen	every	day.                    The	people	employed	by	the	Montgomery	                        sensor	devices,	and	sonar.	One	example	is	the	
    A	strong	body	of	defense	and	aerospace	indus-       County	company	are	experts	in	intelligence,	com-                  Driver	Vision	Enhancer	(DVE)	A-Kits	that	are	
try	employees	supports	our	Army,	Navy,	Marine	          munications,	avionics,	sensor	technologies,	control	              installed	on	Army	and	Marine	Corps	vehicles	so	
Corps,	Air	Force,	Coast	Guard,	and	government	          systems,	security,	cyber	warfare,	sonar,	training	                that	drivers	can	see—and	survive—night	driving	
agencies	by	creating,	improving,	and	deploying	         systems,	satellite	communications,	and	unmanned	                  through	harsh,	hazardous	conditions	where	mines	
military	products,	systems,	and	services	that	help	     technologies.	Operations	are	nationwide.                          may	be	present.
keep	us	safe.                                               While	some	employees	work	directly	with	                         DRS	also	offers	troops	the	invaluable	ability	to	
    At	DRS	Defense	Solutions,	LLC,	headquar-            warfighters	and	peacekeepers	here	and	abroad,	en-                 respond	rapidly	over	satellite,	wireless,	and	land	
tered	in	Bethesda,	employees	are	keenly	aware	that	     gineers	and	technicians	at	business	units	in	Gaith-               networks,	meaning	they	can	communicate	within	
their	jobs	help	troops	thwart	threats,	re-establish	    ersburg,	Columbia,	and	Stevensville	also	create	                  their	unit,	as	well	as	with	loved	ones	at	home.	
peace,	and	recover	from	disaster.	They	have	            products	that	protect	and	defend	U.S.	troops	and	                    “Our	mission	is	tantamount	to	being	in	the	
responsibilities	that	may	directly	impact	the	lives,	   their	allies	on	land,	by	sea,	and	in	the	air.	                    military,	because	our	job	is	to	provide	the	best	
well-being,	and	future	of	others.	                          DRS’	employees	design	and	develop	products	                   capabilities	to	the	world’s	best	fighting	force	and	to	
    “Our	employees	are	dedicating	their	lives	and	      that	are	deployed	on	high-profile	military	platforms	             make	sure	it	works	flawlessly	every	single	time	to	
their	careers	to	the	betterment	of	our	armed	ser-       like	destroyers,	tanks,	helicopters,	jet	fighters,	cargo	         keep	these	people	alive,”	explains	Danforth.
vices,”	explains	Richard	Danforth,	president	and	       aircraft,	and	submarines.	Their	integrated	systems	                  A	wholly	owned	subsidiary	of	DRS	Technolo-
CEO,	DRS	Defense	Solutions.	“We	have	a	strong	          support	various	military	platforms.Sister	units	                  gies,	Inc.,	DRS	Defense	Solutions	is	comprised	of	
connection	to	the	products	that	we	design	and	          produce	sustainment	products	that	support	military	               seven	business	lines,	with	over	3,000	employees	
build	because	we	know	who	is	using	and	operating	       forces,	such	as	chemical/biological	decontamina-                  worldwide.	DRS	Technologies,	Inc.,	is	a	wholly	
that	equipment.”                                        tion	systems.	Employees	work	hand-in-hand	with	all	               owned	subsidiary	of	Finmeccanica	S.p.A.,	a	global	
    A	well-kept	secret	for	years,	awareness	of	DRS	     branches	of	the	U.S.	armed	forces,	homeland	security	             leader	in	the	aerospace,	defense,	and	security	in-
is	growing,	not	only	because	of	the	tragic	events	      forces,	and	government	and	intelligence	agencies.	                dustries,	more	than	73,000	employees	worldwide.	
on	our	own	soil	on	September	11,	2001,	but	also	            These	programs	include	intelligence	systems	                  In	2009,	revenues	were	$24	billion.	For	more	
since	the	Department	of	Defense’s	Base	Realign-         and	supports	that	help	thwart	potential	terrorist	                information,	visit	

                                                                                                                      Made in Maryland
                                                                                                                      DRS Defense Solutions
                                                                                                                      Products and Services
                                                                                                                      DRS Defense Solutions, head-
                                                                                                                      quartered in Bethesda, provides
                                                                                                                      advanced products, services and
                                                                                                                      systems integration in the areas of
                                                                                                                      intelligence and sensor technolo-
                                                                                                                      gies, security, cyber warfare, sonar,
                                                                                                                      communications, electronic warfare,
                                                                                                                      training systems, satellite com-
                                                                                                                      munications, control systems and
                                                                                                                      unmanned technologies. Although
                                                                                                                      business units are scattered across
                                                                                                                      the country, operations in Maryland
                                                                                                                      account for a significant proportion

                                                                                                                      of the business.

                                                                                                                      In Gaithersburg and Columbia,
                                                                                                                      signals intelligence (SIGINT) is the
                                                                                                                      business focus. DRS is a world
                                                                                                                      leader in providing commercial-
                                                                                                                      off-the-shelf products and custom
                                                                                                                      SIGINT solutions. These solutions
                                                                                                                      leverage more than 45 years of
                                                                                                                      experience in the design, develop-
                                                                                                                      ment and manufacture of a broad
                                                                                                                      range of high performance radio
                                                                                                                      frequency surveillance equipment.
                                                                                                                      Applications, including geo-location,
                                                                                                                      are deployed worldwide by virtually
                                                                                                                      all United States military as will as
                                                                                                                      many allies and prime contractors.

                                                                                                                      Also made in Maryland are inte-
                                                                                                                      grated recording, processing and
                                                                                                                      special storage systems for the
                                                                                                                      SIGINT, instrumentation, Information
                                                                                                                      assurance and niche telemetry and
                                                                                                                      telecommunications markets. These
                                                                                                                      products target high performance

                                                                                                                      data acquisition, processing, storage
                                                                                                                      and archiving applications.

                                                                                                                      Elsewhere in Gaithersburg, the sonar
              Reflecting the DRS culture of honoring the military, employees banded together to clean the             business area focuses on undersea
              Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.                                                         warfare systems (UWS) for defense
                                                                                                                      and homeland security applications.

                                                                                                                      Stevensville is home to the DRS
                                                                                                                      Defense Solutions Advanced Marine
                 LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN AND WOMEN                                                                 Technology Center (AMTC). AMTC
                                                                                                                      is an advanced software products
                                                                                                                      development and marine technol-
                 DRS Defense Solutions – Advancing Technology, Advancing Careers.                                     ogy organization specializing in
                                                                                                                      research and development, design,
                 DRS Defense Solutions is always looking for talented engineers, program                              analysis, and testing primarily for
                 managers, and business development managers with defense and aerospace                               naval applications. Major engineering
                                                                                                                      disciplines and technologies focus
                 industry experience, technical degrees, and senior-level military or technical                       on naval architecture, advanced ship
                 backgrounds.                                                                                         design software, hydrodynamics
                                                                                                                      and high performance computing,
                    DRS Defense Solutions is committed to recruiting and retaining the best                           and marine engineering. AMTC’s
                                                                                                                      mission is to provide high quality and
                 talent in the defense and aerospace industry. We offer an exciting and chal-                         cost effective technical capabilities
                 lenging work environment, a competitive salary and benefits package, and a                           and solutions for applications on
                                                                                                                      aircraft carriers, surface combatants,
                 business culture that rewards performance. Our culture also fosters innova-                          submarines, unmanned vehicles, and
                 tion, high performance, and community involvement. For more information,                             commercial vessels.

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                                                                                    HOW MARYLAND DOES
                                                                                    MEMORIAL DAY
                                                                                    By Jennifer Tilley

                          J J J                                                     The Free State is bringing out its patriotic
                                                                                    swag at these sometimes playful, sometimes
                                                                                    somber Memorial Day events happening all

   DRS’ CULTURE REFLECTS COMPANY MISSION                                            over the region. So dab on some sunscreen,
                                                                                    put on your red, white, and blue, and get
   At a recent corporate meeting, DRS executives viewed a short video that left
                                                                                    ready to celebrate our nation’s heroes.
   few dry-eyed.
      The film featured servicemen and women who have been horribly dis-
                                                                                    CENTRAL REGION
   figured and debilitated by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) during their      “God Bless America” Kids Parade and
   tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.                                           Ice Cream Social (Middletown)
      But now, these badly burned and injured soldiers are receiving free care      May 29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
   from some of the world’s best plastic surgeons at the Ronald Reagan UCLA         A Memorial Day celebration for all ages! Watch (or
   Medical Center, thanks to a project, aptly named Operation Mend, which is        participate in) a parade around Middletown Park
                                                                                    before kicking back to enjoy an afternoon of fun
   supported by the DRS Technologies Charitable Foundation. After seeing the
                                                                                    activities and free ice cream. Middletown Park,
   video and learning that uncompensated costs for these types of extensive         Coblentz Road. Call 301-371-6171 or visit www.
   reconstructive surgeries and follow-up care can go as high as $500,000 per
   patient, DRS executives were further moved by a surprise guest.
      Cpl. Aaron Mankin, Operation Mend’s first patient, severely burned after an   Hometown Holidays (Rockville)
   IED explosion, walked out to demonstrate how far he’d come after more than       May 29-31, Sat.-Sun. 1-10 p.m., Mon. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
                                                                                    A weekend full of fun in Rockville: food, games,
   50 surgeries.
                                                                                    parades, art, and activities for kids and teens.
      That night, top management donated more than $400,000 to Operation Mend.
                                                                                    Rockville Town Center. Call 240-314-8620 or visit
      “A great deal of our employees have served in the military or have family
   currently serving, and this connection is part of our culture,” says Richard
   Danforth, president and CEO, DRS Defense Solutions.                              Memorial Day Observance (Gaithersburg)
      “We realize the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make for us,         May 30, 2 p.m.
   and we are committed, from management to hourly workers, because we              Honor our nation’s veterans at Gaithersburg’s
                                                                                    holiday observance. Christman Park, 304 W. Deer
   all realize that this is but a small token compared to what military men and
                                                                                    Park Road. Visit
   women are doing for us.”
      In fact, DRS employees regularly and generously donate and encourage          Memorial Day Parade (Bowie)
   outside contributions to aid military and family members in need.                May 29, 11 a.m.
      Besides Operation Mend, DRS employees were instrumental in funding the        Take pride in America’s heroes at this patriotic
   new National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda by supporting the         parade in Acorn Hill Park on Stonybrook Drive. Call
   Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund with a $650,000 donation.                            301-809-3011 or visit
      Upon completion, the 72,000-square-foot, two-story facility, which will be
   dedicated to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of wounded warriors          BALTIMORE METRO REGION
   suffering from traumatic brain injuries, will be handed over to the Depart-      Annual Westminster City Memorial Day
                                                                                    Parade and Service (Westminster)
   ment of Defense.
                                                                                    May 31, 10 a.m.
      DRS Technology employees hope Operation Mend giving will hit record           Celebrate Memorial Day with a Main Street
   levels through a company-wide charitable campaign.                               parade, followed by a ceremony. Westminster
      In addition to donating money, DRS employees frequently seek ways in          Cemetery, Church Street. Call 410-848-6179 or
   which they can honor those who serve. A team at DRS Signal Solutions             visit
   places boxes by the elevators to solicit cards and goodies (such as food,
                                                                                    Community Memorial Day Service
   magazines, comic books, and gum) for military care packages that are             (Westminster)
   shipped off to soldiers overseas. And, last fall, 50 DRS employees banded        May 30, 1:45-3 p.m.
   together to clean the Korean War Veterans Memorial. For more information,        One of the oldest services in Carroll County, fea-
   visit                                                     turing music by the Wm. F. Myers Band. Pleasant
                                                                                    Valley Cemetery. Call 410-848-6179 or visit www.

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            Andrews Air Force Base—Camp Springs                                                                                                                    D.C.          GEORGE’S       ANNE
                                                                                                                          National Naval                                     Oxon Hill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         St. Michaels                 CAROLINE

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Memorial Day at Fort McHenry                                                                           WESTERN REGION
(Baltimore City)                                                                                       Annual Sharpsburg Memorial Day Commem-
May 31, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.                                                                              oration & Parade (Sharpsburg)
Celebrate the holiday with poetry readings, a                                                          May 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
wreath-laying ceremony, flag demonstrations, and                                                       Enjoy a wreath-laying ceremony in Sharpsburg’s
historic speeches at the Fort McHenry National                                                         town square at 11 a.m., followed by the oldest
Monument. Call 410-962-4290 or visit                                                      continuous Memorial Day parade in the U.S. from
                                                                                                       1:30-3 p.m. Call 301-432-6854 or 301-432-8410.
Military Appreciation Week (Aberdeen
Proving Ground)                                                                                        Boonsboro Memorial Day Parade (Boonsboro)
Week of May 16th                                                                                       May 30, 1 p.m.
This week-long celebration honors those who                                                            Celebrate this patriotic holiday with a wreath-lay-
have served in the U.S. military and culminates                                                        ing ceremony at 1 p.m. and a parade down Main
with a Military Appreciation Luncheon at Top                                                           Street at 2 p.m. Call 301-432-5634.                                                                     Military Vehicles at the Annual Westminster City
of the Bay on May 20 at 11:30 a.m. Visit www.                                                                                                                                                                  Memorial Day Parade and Service                                                                                    Fillmore Fest (Fillmore)
                                                                                                       May 29-31                                                                                              around downtown Chestertown, the event features
                                                                                                       This Memorial Day Weekend, enjoy all-day festivi-                                                      a cocktail party on Friday, reenactment on Satur-
                                                                                                       ties, including a Civil War encampment, box-car                                                        day, and parade on Sunday. Call 410-778-0416 or
                                                                                                       races, and lots of other fun activities in the town of                                                 visit
                                                                                                       Fillmore. Visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Memorial Day Free Skipjack Sails
                                                                                                       EASTERN SHORE REGION                                                                                   (Cambridge)
                                                                                                       Chestertown Tea Party (Chestertown)                                                                    May 31, noon-3 p.m.
                                                                                                       May 28-31                                                                                              Enjoy a short sail on the Nathan of Dorchester at
                                                                                                       Enjoy activities for the whole family, including a                                                     no cost! Free sails will be offered at noon, 1 p.m.,
                                                                                                       historical reenactment, games, a parade, per-                                                          2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sails depart from Long Wharf in
Remembering the fallen at the Annual Sharpsburg
Memorial Day Commemoration                                                                             formances, and even a distance run. Held in and                                                        Cambridge. Visit

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                                                             Councilman David Craig, Councilman Richard Slutzky, and
                                                             County Executive David Craig present proclamations to COL
                                                             Jeffrey Weissman, APG Garrison Commander and Major
                                                             General Fred D. “Doug” Robinson, Jr., RDECOM Commander.

                                             THE MONTH OF MAY ISN’T JUST ABOUT REVELING IN THE
                                             blooming	flowers	and	the	balmy	temperatures.	It’s	also	about	honoring	
                                             our	servicemen	and	women,	because	May	is	National	Military		
                                             Appreciation	Month.	
                                                In	Harford	County,	May	includes	the	33rd	annual	Military	Appreciation	
                                             Week,	which	honors	men	and	women	who	previously	served	or	currently	

                                             serve	in	the	United	States	military.	During	the	week	of	May	16,	Harford	
                                             County’s	Chamber	of	Commerce	will	sponsor	this	patriotic	celebration.
                                                                          “The	goal	is	to	foster	a	stronger	community	
                                                                      relationship	between	the	public	and	Aberdeen	
                                                                      Proving	Ground,”	says	Harford	County	Chamber	of	
                                                                      Commerce	CEO	Bill	Seccurro.
                                                                          The	week	kicks	off	with	Armed	Forces	Day,	when	

                                                                      Aberdeen	Proving	Ground	invites	the	public	to	the	
                                                                      base	to	celebrate.	Activities	will	include	a	10-k	run,	
                                                                      aircraft	demonstrations,	and	a	uniform	pageant,	as	
                                                                      well	as	other	activities.	

                                                                          Military	Appreciation	Week	will	be	capped	off	
                                                                      by	the	Military	Appreciation	Luncheon	on	May	
                                                                      21	at	Top	of	the	Bay,	where	awards	for	excellence	
BY JENNIFER TILLEY                                                    in	service	and	in	the	community	will	be	given	to	
                                                                      service	members.		
                                                “It’s	important	now—and	for	the	last	33	years—to	recognize	the	commit-
                                             ment	that	military	personnel	and	their	families	make	to	their	community	
                                             and	their	country,”	says	Seccurro.		
                                                For	more	information	about	Military	Appreciation	Week	and	the	lun-
                                             cheon,	visit

  Military Vehicles on display
         at the Top of the Bay.

                                                                                                  Preparing to receive Proclamations, from
                                                                                                  left to right: SGM Juanita R. Kruegar, SGT
                                                                                                  Benjamin Salazar, Soldier of the Year, SGT
                                                                                                  Abigail D. Lentz, Marine of the Year, TSGt
                                                                                                  Stevin W. Mountz, Airman of the Year.

“Let the praise be given not to me,...but to the inspirers
(defenders) of the song!”                                 —F S K,

 years ago, Francis Scott Key captured the events of September th, , in a poem. “                                    e Star-
Spangled Banner” found its way to become                                 our official national anthem in . Has
there ever been a song dedicated to our                                       country with such unwavering strength?
  at ever invokes the grandeur of                                             patriotism and a thunderous ring of
courage? Each time you hear it                                                remember those military personnel
who have vowed to defend our land                                             of the free and the home of the brave.

         Visit our display at   e Gallery Mall, in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, second floor and be inspired!
                    Help the NAC celebrate our National Anthem. w w
                                       e NAC, Inc. is a registered  (c)  organization

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Photo credit: Mollie Miller, U.S. Army

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