James (Jim) F. Berry, president of
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, was recently awarded the NASA
Distinguished Public Service Medal, NASA’s highest honor.
NASA Administrator
Daniel S. Goldin presented Berry with the medal at a ceremony at NASA
headquarters in Washington, DC.

The NASA Distinguished Service Medal is granted “only to those individuals
whose distinguished accomplishments contributed substantially to the NASA
mission,” according to Goldin.
Past recipients include journalist Walter
Cronkite, actor Tom Hanks, authors Arthur C. Clarke and James A. Michener, and
several members of Congress.

“This is a great honor,” Berry said.
“I consider the NASA Distinguished
Service Medal to be one of the most meaningful highlights of my career thus

Berry’s contributions to man’s exploration of space stretch back more than
25 years.
He served as a key Rockwell manager of final assembly for Apollo
spacecraft for missions 11 through 17 in the late 1960s.
From 1971 until
1975, Berry served as Director of Manufacturing for the four Command and
Service Modules used in the Skylab program and the Apollo-Soyuz test project.
From 1975 until 1986, he was associated with the Space Shuttle program, last
serving as the Division Director, Production Operations for Rockwell’s Space
In his current assignment as President of Lockheed Martin Missiles
and Fire Control, Berry has overseen the building of the heat rejection and
photovoltaic radiator systems for the International Space Station.

“You are highly deserving of this medal for your distinguished service and
extraordinary leadership in the human exploration of space,” Goldin remarked.
“July 2000 marked the 25th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz test project, and
your leadership in the role of Project Manager of the Command and Service
Module was paramount to its success.”

Jim Berry’s 30+ year career has been predominately spent in the U.S.
Aerospace industry.
His experience represents a broad exposure to all facets
of the business.
This breadth of experience prepared him for a career profile
of responsibility and authority in increasingly significant management
assignments over the past three decades.
Berry’s career boasts numerous
achievements for NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Jim Berry joined Lockheed Martin Corporation in October 1994 as Vice
President, Technology and Chief Operating Officer for the Electronics Sector.
The Corporation promoted Mr. Berry to President of its Vought Systems division
in Dallas on August 1, 1997.
On July 8, 1999, he was promoted to President of
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, a combination of the Vought Systems
business with the former Electronics & Missiles business in Orlando, Florida.
Missiles and Fire Control has now grown to represent 10 major plants employing
close to 9,000 employees in six states.

Located in Dallas, Orlando, Florida, and Sunnyvale, Calif., Lockheed
Martin Missiles and Fire Control develops, manufactures and supports advanced
combat, missile, rocket and space systems.
The company is organized in seven
program/mission areas: Strike Weapons, Air Defense, Anti-Armor, Naval
Munitions, Fire Control and Sensors, Fire Support and Product Development.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global
enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development,
manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and
The Corporation’s core businesses are systems integration, space,
aeronautics, and technology services.

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