HTii installs pictorial aircraft tribute to its veterans

HTii has installed a pictorial tribute to its military veteran employees – a large wall display of 41 framed photographs of the aircraft they had piloted, navigated, launched weapons from or maintained while in the armed forces.

Below each aircraft is a panel listing the names of the HTii employees associated with it, jobs held, service branch and highest rank attained.

“When you see these men now in civilian clothes sitting in front of a computer like everyone else, it’s easy to forget the critical and often dangerous work they did in uniform,” said HTii CEO Dorothy Hammond. “But these are our heroes – many were in combat – and we want them to know we cherish them for what they’ve done for our country.”

The service assignments of HTii’s military vets covered a wide range of positions, including pilot, weapons system officer, bombardier-navigator, flight engineer, maintenance supervisor, configuration manager, avionics technician, weapons system technician, electrician supervisor and quality assurance supervisor.

Aircraft flown, crewed in or worked on by HTii vets include A-4, A-6, A-7, B-52, C-2, C-5, C-21, KC-130, KC-135, E-6, EA-6B, F-4, F-14, F-15, F-16, F/A-18, F-111, P-3, EP-3, UH-1, AH-1, C-46, H-60, CH-53, RQ-2A, RQ-7B, RQ-11B, Scan Eagle, S-3, T-2, T-34, T-38, TH-57, Mirage 2000 and P-51 Mustang.

Customers entering the HTii facility can view the display on their way to conference rooms for meetings. “It’s hard not to be impressed by our staff’s huge range of experience,” Hammond said. “It assures our customers that when it comes to military aircraft, we know what we’re talking about.”

The project was the brainchild of Robert Kaper, a lead HTii requirements analyst for the V-22 program and the company’s new communications director.