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the program. His efforts in driving the adoption of the V- 22 and its tilt rotor technology, along with improving its relia- bility, are ways we are continu- ing to strengthen and grow our military business.”

Bell Helicopter Taps Snyder To Lead Military Programs

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, announced recently that Mitch Snyder has been promoted to executive vice president, Military Programs reporting directly to president and CEO, John L. Garrison. Snyder will be responsible for all activities associated with Bell Helicopter’s Military Programs. He will serve as a member of the Bell Helicopter Executive Leadership Team and becomes a member of Textron’s Global Leadership Team.

“Mitch has demonstrated an

incredible passion for our busi- ness and our customers, realiz- ing many successes since joining Bell Helicopter in 2004,” said John L. Garrison, President and CEO. “Most recently Mitch served as vice president, pro- gram manager for the V-22 Program. In a short time, he has driven many improvements in


Snyder’s promotion to exec- utive vice president comes as Robert “Too Tall” Kenney announced earlier this month plans to retire in June. The leadership transition will begin immediately. “We have a very strong team and a crystallized strategy in place to further grow the military segment for Bell Helicopter due to Too Tall Kenney’s leadership. Our tal- ent development process and succession planning process have yielded the right leader, at the right time in our growth - Mitch Snyder,” said Garrison. “I am looking forward to stepping into this new role. Too Tall has developed a strong team and I am excited to lead this group,” said Mitch Snyder. “Bell Helicopter has an incred- ible opportunity to demon- strate the capability and growth potential of the V-22 and tilt rotor technology, the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior, and the H-1 (Yankee and Zulu) to our gov- ernment customers as they contemplate new programs to protect the freedom of our nation. We look forward to delivering mission solutions and innovations that are highly reliable and affordable.” ◆

Bell Helicopter Honors OH- 58 “Kiowa Warriors” In The First Of The “Heros Of Aviation” Series Paintings

Bell Helicopter announced the Bell Helicopter “Heroes of Aviation" Series which pays tribute to the men and women who preserve freedom and save lives while using Bell Helicopters.

The first painting of the Bell Helicopter Heroes of Aviation Series was unveiled at a ceremo- ny at the 2011 Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) professional forum and exposi-


tion, held in Nashville TN. The work of art, painted by world renowned combat artist, Patrick Haskett, depicts an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior in combat oper- ations in Afghanistan. The painting pays tribute to Col. Mike Morgan and his unit who were called to help rescue a group of American soldiers who were pinned down by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Col. Morgan was air mission commander of a team of Kiowa Warriors with the 82nd Airborne Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He earned recog- nition for his part in repelling

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