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Published:June 1st, 2007 06:54 EST
$1 million mark in support of Operation USO Care Package

$1 million mark in support of Operation USO Care Package

By SOP newswire

Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently surpassed the $1 million mark in support of Operation USO Care Package. As a four-star partner of the program, Lockheed Martin's support comes in the form of employee contributions and corporate monetary donations.

"We are deeply appreciative of Lockheed Martin and its employees for their overwhelming and longstanding support of the Operation USO Care Package program," said Edward A. Powell, USO president and CEO. "Reaching this important donation milestone underscores Lockheed Martin's continued commitment and generosity to supporting our troops and helping to make Operation USO Care Package a success."

Lockheed Martin chairman, president and CEO Bob Stevens said, "Through our donations to the USO, we can say 'thank you' to our troops both as a corporation and as individuals. It is an opportunity to show our appreciation and gratitude for their tremendous sacrifices on behalf of our nation."

In 2004, Lockheed Martin launched its Lockheed Martin Employees Care program, which collects online donations to fund the care packages. Lockheed Martin employees have volunteered more than 18,000 hours to help stuff more than 109,000 care packages. The corporation also has donated funds to nine USO centers around the world and sponsored USO charitable events.

In 2001, Operation USO Care Package was initiated as a way for the American public to help boost the morale of deployed troops, and convey the gratitude of the American public. Care packages contain an assortment of items requested by service men and women, such as prepaid international calling cards, disposable cameras, toiletries and entertainment items. More than one million care packages have been distributed to service members deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations, as well as troops arriving and departing on rest and recuperation flights.

About the USO: For more than 66 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North America, Clear Channel Communications,

The Coca-Cola Company, DRS Technologies, Inc., Military Channel, S & K Sales Co., TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at www.uso.org. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2006 sales of $39.6 billion.

USO Contact: Tiane Harrison, (703) 908-6433, tharrison@uso.org