Lockheed pledges $10 million to Army museum

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Lockheed Martin Corp. has pledged $10 million to sponsor the National Museum of the United States Army’s Education Pavilion, a unique, state-of-the-art interactive resource center.

The pavilion will feature science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational programs related to the company’s four product areas—water, air, land and space.

"Lockheed Martin’s $10 million is the largest pledge the Army Museum campaign has received to date, and we appreciate the company’s remarkable commitment," Maj. Gen. John P. Herrling, USA, Ret., the campaign executive director, said.

"With Lockheed Martin’s distinguished reputation for supporting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs that educate young people, the sponsorship of the Army Museum’s Education Pavilion is yet another way of doing their part to help produce an emerging generation of talented scientists and engineers," Herrling added.

As one of the marquee features that will give the National Army Museum a unique identity, the Education Pavilion will be located on the first floor directly adjacent to the museum lobby.

It will include an extensive experiential learning area, complete with classroom space and interactive learning tools like motion-sensitive smart tables, free-standing kiosks, and desk-mounted computers.

"Lockheed Martin is proud to support the National Museum of the United States Army’s Education Pavilion," Bob Stevens, the corporation’s chairman and chief executive officer, said.

Adding, "We believe this is an important investment to make in young people who may be considering a career in science, technology, engineering or math."

The pavilion is designed for flexibility so that over time future technologies can be incorporated, ensuring that the facility remains at the cutting edge of state-of-the-art learning techniques.

The pavilion, expected to annually engage 180,000 students on site and over 500,000 via the Internet, also includes a large student-teacher lunch room and an adjoining outdoor terrace.

STEM programs featured throughout the pavilion will adhere to standards of learning, and will be designed primarily to engage and stimulate students in grades K-12, as well as to inform and educate museum visitors of all ages.

According to David Lewis, the Capital Campaign’s director of corporate programs, Lockheed Martin’s decision to sponsor the pavilion is bound to pay handsome future dividends for both the company and the Army.

"Both Lockheed Martin and the Army have an equally large stake in STEM education as industry requires an ongoing supply of scientists and engineers to continue to provide innovative solutions to Army requirements, and the Army needs technologically savvy soldiers to properly evaluate, operate, and maintain what industry provides," Lewis said.

Adding, "It’s wonderful to see Lockheed Martin and the Army, two great institutions, working in the Museum’s Educational Pavilion as part of their solution to this critical and ongoing need."

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 132,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

The corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations totaled $45.8 billion.

The Army Historical Foundation establishes, assists and promotes programs and projects that preserve the history of the American soldier and promote public understanding of and appreciation for the contributions by all components of the U.S. Army and its members.

The foundation serves as the Army’s official fundraising entity for the National Museum of the United States Army’s Capital Campaign.

The museum will be constructed at Fort Belvoir, Va., to honor the service and sacrifice of all American soldiers who have served since the Army’s inception in 1775.

For more information on the foundation and the National Museum of the United States Army, visitwww.armyhistory.org.