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A weekly publication of Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Newport News | Feb. 16-20, 2009


       To take ownership of our future we will meet safety, quality, cost and schedule commitments.

USS George H.W. Bush Underway On Sea Trials

 The aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)
 departed from Naval Station Norfolk on Builder's Sea
 Trials on Feb. 13. Approximately 2,500 crew
 members and more than 800 Shipbuilding employees
 took part in the maiden voyage, which is scheduled
 to return this week. Look for complete coverage of
 the sea trials -- including a news release, video,
 photo slide show and "Shipbuilder's Log" Web site --
 following the ship's return. Photo by John Whalen




       To take ownership of our future we will communicate truthfully, clearly, openly and constructively.

Organizational Changes Announced

The Shipbuilding leadership team has announced a number of organizational changes over the last two
weeks.



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                                    Supply Chain Management

                                    On Feb. 2, Shipbuilding President Mike Petters announced the appointment of
                                    Scott Stabler to sector vice president, Supply Chain Management. Stabler, who
                                    previously served as vice president, CVN 77 Program, will provide sector-wide
                                    leadership, coordination and direction to all Supply Chain Management functions,
                                    including Sourcing and Procurement, Inventory Control, and Material Operations in
                                    support of all the sector's contracts and clients.

                    Following Petters' announcement, Matt Mulherin, sector vice president and
 Stabler            general manager, NGSB-Newport News, announced that Ken Mahler, vice
                    president, Navy Programs, would assume leadership of the CVN 77 Program upon
completion of the George H.W. Bush Builder’s Sea Trials.

Petters’ memo is available on Homeport at: http://sb.northgrum.com/docs/CMP020209.pdf.
Mulherin’s memo is available on Homeport at: http://sb.northgrum.com/docs/NN/MM020209.pdf.

                                                                       Quality and Process Excellence

                                                                       On Feb. 9, Mulherin and Irwin F. Edenzon, sector vice
                                                                       president and general manager, NGSB-Gulf Coast, announced
                                                                       the appointment of Jennifer Boykin and Dave Belanger to
                                                                       vice president, Quality and Process Excellence for Newport
                                                                       News and Gulf Coast, respectively.

                                          Boykin served most recently as vice president, Process
                                          Excellence, at Newport News, and Belanger served most
Boykin               Belanger             recently as director of Quality and Technical Services at
                                          Newport News. They will be responsible for the formulation,
management and oversight of the quality and process excellence programs, policies, goals and
objectives. They will direct and control the planning, development, and enforcement of comprehensive
and integrated quality and continuous improvement programs throughout the division and across the
sector.

Boykin subsequently announced two director-level appointments: Rob Hogan, director, Process
Excellence, and Bob Granata, value stream director.

Contracts and Pricing

                                    On Feb. 10, Tom Johnston, sector vice president, Contracts and Pricing,
                                    announced the appointment of Neal Winall to the position of director, Contracts
                                    and Pricing. Winall, who previously served as contracts manager for the Virginia-
                                    Class Submarine Program, will be responsible for all Contracts and Pricing activities
                                    supporting DOE Programs, Commercial Energy Programs, CVN 65 Remaining
                                    Service Life and Inactivation, Industrial Products, Inter-sector Collaboration
                                    (IWOs), the Advanced Capabilities Group (Newport News), and Strategic Planning
                                    and Development (Newport News).


 Winall




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       To take ownership of our future we will continue to develop an engaged and diverse workforce.

UVa Dean To Speak At Engineers Week Banquet

The Peninsula Engineers Council (PEC) will host its annual Engineers Week banquet on Feb. 21 at the
Point Plaza Suites and Conference Hotel in Newport News. The guest speaker will be James Aylor, dean
of the University of Virginia School of Engineering. Tickets are $40 and are available from Fred
Brown (E42) at frederick.c.brown@ngc.com or 8-1621.

Engineers Week will be celebrated Feb. 15-21. The National Engineers Week Foundation is dedicated to
increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students
and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Engineers Week also raises public
understanding and appreciation of engineers' contributions to society.

Newport News employees involved in Engineers Week activities are encouraged to submit content for
possible publication in Currents and/or Gateway, Northrop Grumman's intranet. Submissions may be
sent to: jim.roberts@ngc.com.



           To take ownership of our future we will understand what's expected and make it happen.

    Submissions Wanted For Community Report

    The Shipbuilding sector's Communications and Community Relations departments are seeking
    employee input for the “2008 Report to the Community.” Employees who participated in
    volunteer activities in 2008 are encouraged to submit photos and short stories. Newport News
    employees should send submissions to: jim.roberts@ngc.com.




       To take ownership of our future we will continue to develop an engaged and diverse workforce.

Shipbuilders Celebrating Black History Month


                                        “Black History Month to me is a time to reflect on those leaders such as Martin
                                        Luther King, Jessie Jackson, Nelson Mandela, Eli Whitney, Booker T.
                                        Washington and Harriet Tubman, who helped African-Americans achieve
                                        equality and who indirectly helped us elect the first African-American
                                        President.”

                                        - Tony Mann, Security Dept. (O15)



To view more employee quotes about Black History Month, visit: http://www.sb.northropgrumman.
com/.




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Progressive Club's First Outing Scheduled Feb. 28

Newport News’ Progressive Club will host its first outing of 2009 from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Knights
of Columbus Council 5480 Hall on Nettles Drive in Newport News. The club is extending “trial
memberships” to Shipbuilding sector supervisory personnel for $20. The fee covers attendance to one
club outing and can be applied to the $45 fee for full membership. The club, which is celebrating its
81st anniversary, has additional outings planned on April 25 (seafood outing), Sept. 19 and Nov. 7
(banquet). RSVP for the Feb. 28 outing by Feb. 20. For more information, contact:

• Debbra Stanfield, president, at debbra.stanfiel@ngc.com or 4-0852
• Buddy Eagle, secretary/treasurer, at Everett.Eagle@ngc.com or 8-3850



      Datebook                                                                             Currents is published every Monday
                                                                                           for employees of Northrop Grumman
      2/17: The Apprentice School women’s basketball team will host a game vs.             Shipbuilding-Newport News.
      Bennett at 6 p.m.
                                                                                           The deadline for submissions is noon
      2/19: The At the Helm Toastmasters Club will meet from 4:20 to 5:30 p.m. in          Thursday for publication the following
      Bldg. 600, Conference Room C. Contact: Wade Miner (E46) at 8-4666.                   week.

      2/19-22: The Apprentice School baseball team will host the Builder Invitational at   Note: To ensure publication,
      War Memorial Stadium.                                                                employees are encouraged to submit
                                                                                           content as soon as possible.
      2/21: WiNGs (Women in Northrop Grumman) will host a social event at 1:30 p.
      m. at Coliseum Central on Ice! in Hampton. Admission is $6 per person, but                           Editor:
      Northrop Grumman employees will receive a 50 percent discount through Feb.                      Jim Roberts (O29)
      28. Skate rental is $2. Contact: Susette Williams (E57) at Susette.C.                         jim.roberts@ngc.com
      Williams@ngc.com or 4-3438.                                                                       757-688-4962


      2/21: The Apprentice School will host commencement for the class of 2008 at 3                  Currents Archives
      p.m. at the Ferguson Center in Newport News. Seating is limited; RSVP to Liz
      Moriarty (O22) at 8-2513.                                                                     Questions/Comments

      2/22: The Apprentice School women’s basketball team will host a game vs.                 Visit the O29 Yardnet web site
      Columbia Union at 4 p.m.                                                                         to submit a story.

      2/23: The Apprentice School men’s basketball team will host a game vs.                     Newport News Employee
      Columbia Union at 6 p.m.                                                                   Information Phone Line:
                                                                                                      1-800-995-4318
      Monday through Thursday: Health Waves offers free aerobics classes for
      Shipbuilding employees from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the
      Mid-Town Community Center in Newport News (570 McLawhorn Dr.). Contact:
      Karen Barnes at 4-4568 or Karen.Barnes@ngc.com.

      Through 2/28: Newport News’ Opportunity for Improvement (OFI) Program is
      running a new promotion for OFIs submitted in February. Three prizes will be
      awarded: One salaried employee will receive $500; one hourly employee will
      receive $500; and a first-time participant will receive an iPod Mini. For more
      information, contact a departmental OFI coordinator or the OFI Program Office


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      at 380-2428 or 380-7925.

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