Prestigious NASA Public
Service Medals were presented to three Boeing [NYSE: BA] employees
at the 2003 Honor Awards Ceremony held August 7 at the Kennedy Space
Center Visitor Complex. Presented by new Center Director Jim Kennedy
and his predecessor Roy Bridges, the awards recognize both government
and contractor employees for their unique contributions to the space
agency. Less than 1 percent of the NASA contractor population receives
this coveted award. Boeing recipients are:

Jim Chilton, CAPPS Mission Management & Utilization
director, received the award for "exceptional leadership”
in a successful bid to win NASA’s Checkout, Assembly and Payload
Processing Services Contract (CAPPS) in 2002.

Debbie Melvin, a Supplier Diversity administrator,
recognized for "exceptional leadership to increase the level
of small business participation in NASA’s contracts and subcontracts."

Steve Townsend, honored for "sustained standard
of excellence” in Boeing’s leadership role in the construction
of the International Space Station.

“These three individuals demonstrate excellence in their jobs
every day,” said Bruce Melnick, vice president of Boeing Florida
Operations. “They set a great example for others to follow and
deserve to be congratulated on their hard work and dedication.”

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is
one of the world’s largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered
in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $25 billion business.
It provides systems solutions to its global military, government and
commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance
and reconnaissance; the world’s largest military aircraft manufacturer;
the world’s largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider
of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for
U.S. missile defense; NASA’s largest contractor; and a global leader
in launch services.