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Boeing Salutes Military with Photo Exhibits in Colorado Springs

Dozens of unforgettable images of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces will be on display at three Colorado Springs locations as part of the A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces tour -- a national tribute to the military underwritten by The Boeing Company, one of the area's leading employers.

The exhibit will first be on display at the Peterson Air & Space Museum May 11 through June 5. The show then will be a cornerstone feature of the Defenders of Freedom exhibition June 11-13 at the Phil Long Expo Center. A smaller exhibit will be at the Air Force Academy Visitor Center from May 26-June 7. Exhibits are free of charge and open to the public. (See schedule information below for access information and restrictions at Peterson.)

"Boeing is pleased to give the American public a glimpse into the gallantry and physical and mental courage that the men and women in the Armed Forces exhibit daily in routine and extraordinary ways," said John Lorber, Vice President, Boeing IDS, Colorado Operations. "The unselfish acts of these individuals are captured in this stirring exhibit."

The pictures in the exhibit were selected from more than 300 photographs featured in the book A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces, produced by EpiCom Media and published by HarperCollins. Boeing is the exclusive underwriter of both the book and the tour, which is going to nearly two dozen military bases and numerous cities across the nation.

Captured over a single 24-hour period -- October 22, 2002 -- by 125 photographers who fanned out across the globe, the exhibit pays tribute to the integrity and commitment of the members of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The result is an extraordinary documentary of an ordinary day in the lives of the men and women who protect America's freedom.

The exhibit features the work of three photographers assigned to the Colorado Springs area. Rick Rickman documented the Army's World Class Athlete Program; David Butow photographed cadets at the Air Force Academy, and Mark Richards went deep into the tunnels of the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center.

The show also includes images taken by three Colorado-based photographers: Larry Price of the Denver Post, who traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; National Geographic photographer Paul Chesley, who went to Edwards Air Force Base; and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jay Dickman, who went to Vietnam. "The photos are a moving visual reminder of the routine and heroic work, the courage and the dedication required to defend America," said Matthew Naythons, president of EpiCom and project co-producer. "This tour celebrates the work of the brave men and women who serve our country every day."

The exhibit will be on display at the Peterson Air & Space Museum, located at 150 East Ent Avenue on Peterson Air Force Base from May 4 through June 5, 2004. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 to 4:30. *NOTE: military ID or military escorts are required to enter Peterson AF Base; civilians are required to make advance arrangements by calling the Museum in advance. Please call 719.556.4915 for more information.

The exhibit will also be open to the public during the "Defenders of Freedom" Exhibition from June 11 through 13, 2004, at the Phil Long Expo Center, located at 1515 Auto Mall Loop. The hours are June 11, from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; June 12 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon; June 13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The exhibit at the U.S. Air Force Academy will be on display in the Visitors Center from May 26 through June 7, 2004. The Visitors Center is located on campus and is open to the public; hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm seven days a week.

Boeing's roots in Colorado date back to 1941. Today, the company has nearly 2,300 employees and 450 suppliers in the state that support space, defense and commercial aviation programs. With six locations along the front range of the Rocky Mountains, Boeing and its supplier partners develop solutions for the Missile Defense Agency, the Homeland Security Agency, U.S. Air Force Space Command, U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Strategic Command and numerous other government and civilian customers. The Boeing team also provides integrated aviation information and training systems to government and civilian customers around the world.

In Colorado Springs, more than 300 Boeing employees support the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program. They provide development, operations and maintenance support for the Global Positioning (GPS) satellite constellation and systems development and integration support for a variety of military, space and classified programs.

Boeing's sponsorship of the Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces National Tribute Tour is one of many ways in which the company supports the Colorado Springs community. Last year, Boeing and its employees provided more than $350,000 in contributions and volunteer support to hundreds of Colorado-based charitable and civic organizations.

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Dawn Sheggeby
EpiCom Media

Barbara Anderson
The Boeing Company



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