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Ball Aerospace Names Steve Smith Director of Space Control and Special Missions
September 8, 2011
BOULDER, Colo., September 8, 2011 – Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has announced that Steve Smith has joined the company’s Washington Operations office as Director of Space Control and Special Missions. In his new role, Smith will solidify customer engagement in the space control and special mission communities and assist Ball’s National Defense business unit with strategic opportunities.
Smith joined Ball Aerospace following 24 years in the United States Air Force. In his most recent position as Commander of the Advanced Capabilities Group at the Space and Missiles Systems Center he led more than 30 officers in developing classified space superiority space systems. He previously served as the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office Ground Systems Engineering, where he supervised 35 multi-agency personnel and 200 contractors. Smith held additional positions as Commander of the 2nd Space Warning Squadron, Director of Operations for the 4th Space Operations Squadron, and Chief of National Space Systems Integration Branch at US Space Command.
Smith retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of Colonel, earlier having earned a B.S. in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.; and a M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions of important national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.
Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2010 sales of more than $7.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.
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