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Lockheed Martin Executive Receives SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Dec. 1, 2006 - Charles Thomas (Tom) Burbage Charles Thomas (Tom) Burbage, Executive Vice President and General Manager of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program Integration for Lockheed Martin, has been selected to receive the SAE Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award. Burbage will be honored during the banquet at the SAE AeroTech Congress and Exhibition in Los Angeles, September 2007. 

This award, established in 1992, annually honors an individual at the corporate official level for outstanding leadership contributions to the field of aerospace engineering.

Burbage has held his current leadership position with the Joint Strike Fighter program since November 2000. He began his career with Lockheed Martin in 1980 in business development.  In his 26 years with the company, he has served in a number of senior management positions, including Vice President for Washington operations where he coordinated the company's relationships with the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress; Vice President for business development and product support at Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems in Marietta, Ga; Vice President and AFX program manager; and Vice President and General Manager for U.S. Navy programs. In 1995, he assumed the duties of Vice President and General Manager for the F-22 program, leading it through its first flight. In 1999, he was named President of Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems and led the restructuring of that division.

From 1969 to 1980, Burbage served on active duty in the U.S. Navy, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. After completing the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School in 1975, he accumulated more than 3,000 hours in 38 different types of military aircraft. In October 1994, he retired from the Navy Reserves as a captain.

Burbage has received numerous industry awards, including the Donald C. Burnham Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers; the Silver Knight Award from the National Management Association; three Aviation Week Laurels Awards; and the Aerospace Industry Personality of the Year for 2002, presented at the Singapore Air Show.

An active member of SAE International, Burbage has served on SAE’s AeroTech Strategic Planning/Advisory Committee; Air & Space Group; and World Aerospace Congress General Committee. He is also a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the Navy League, the Air Force Association, the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the National Aeronautical Association.

Burbage holds a bachelor's in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and master's degrees in aeronautical systems from the  University  of  West Florida  and in business administration from the  University  of  California, Los Angeles.