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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 125-02
March 15, 2002

NUNN-PERRY AWARDS SET FOR MENTOR-PROTEGE CONFERENCE

The Department of Defense will hold its 8th Annual Mentor-Protg Conference March 18-20, 2002, at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City Hotel, Arlington, Va. During the conference, 12 defense prime contractors and their small and disadvantaged business protgs will receive the Nunn-Perry Award. DoD's Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office sponsors the conference and award.

The award is named in honor of former Senator Sam Nunn, who sponsored legislation to create the Defense Department's Mentor-Protg Program, and former Secretary of Defense William Perry in recognition of his implementation of the program. The awards will be presented Wednesday, March 20, starting at 9 a.m. EST.

This year's Nunn-Perry Award recipients by team are: 1.) AMEC Earth Environmental Inc., Chantilly, Va., and Bering Sea Eccotech Inc., Anchorage, Alaska; 2.) Battelle Memorial Institute and MTS Technologies, both of Arlington, Va.; 3.) Bell Helicopter Textron, Hurst, Texas, and Valco Manufacturing Corp., Duncan, Okla.; 4.) Computer Sciences Corp., Falls Church, Va., and 3D Research Corp., Huntsville, Ala.; 5.) Foster Wheeler Environmental, Langhorne, Pa., and Nobis Engineering Inc., Concord, N.H.; 6.) HJ Ford Associates Inc. and HMR TECH, LLC, both of Arlington, Va.; 7.) HydroGeoLogic Inc. and MicroPact Engineering Inc., both of Herndon, Va.; 8.) Raytheon, Portsmouth, R.I., and Basic Electronics, Garden Grove, Calif.; 9.) Roy F. Weston, Manchester, N.H., and Charter Environmental Inc., Chelsea, Mass.; 10.) SAIC, San Diego, Calif., and Noesis Inc., Manassas, Va.; 11.) TRW Space & Electronics, Redondo Beach, Calif., and Coast/ACM, Los Angeles, Calif.; and 12.) TRW Space & Electronics, Redondo Beach, Calif., and Hurlen Corp., Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

The Nunn-Perry Award recognizes mentor-protg teams that have excelled in technical developments, cost-efficiencies and increased business opportunities for small disadvantaged firms.

The Mentor-Protg conference serves as a forum for participants to share their experiences in the program with representatives from DoD. The department's program, which began in 1991, is a national initiative to encourage large defense contractors to develop the technical capabilities of small disadvantaged businesses.

Additional information on DoD's Mentor-Protg Program is available at http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu/mentor_protege.