TCOM Recognized by Department of Defense

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Company’s 22M aerostat protects troops, saves lives

PRWEB) March 23, 2011 -- TCOM and its employees were recognized by the Department of Defense for their hard work, quick response and dedication in the creation of aerostats for use by the armed forces’ Persistent Ground Surveillance System (PGSS).

“TCOM proved to the Department of Defense, and more important to the troops on the ground in forward operating bases, the crucial role that aerostats play in the military,” said Alex Lovett, Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary of Defense DDR&E/RFD, “The United States will never go to war again without aerostats.”

The aerostats delivered by TCOM measure 22 meters in length and are tethered to the ground via a cable and mooring system. Each aerostat is equipped with cameras that search an area beyond the perimeter of a forward operating base (FOB), supporting military operations. The PGSS aerostats have aided US and coalition forces in locating insurgents’ hostile activities.

“The information provided by these aerostats has reduced injuries and deaths caused by IEDs by 30%,” said Mr. Lovett. “The role that these aerostats play can never be underestimated, and the troops on the ground are certainly grateful.”

The company was recognized for its fast turnaround on the PGSS program with President and CEO David Barlow accepting the 2010 Department of Defense Rapid Fielding Award. “This award was made possible by every TCOM employee and their hard work. Barlow said “We’re doing more than fulfilling contracts and servicing a client, we’re helping keep our troops safe.”

Mr. Lovett gave special recognition to TCOM’s engineering, production and customer service activities directly associated with supporting the rapid fielding of the PGSS Aerostats.

TCOM has been in business for 40 years and has pioneered significant advances in tethered aerostat systems. Blending leading edge technology with solid craftsmanship and engineering, the company has provided systems for United States and foreign governments, as well as private corporations. Our systems are in use around the globe including theaters of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. TCOM’s systems have been deployed from fixed sites, fully transportable truck based systems and specialized sea-based deployments. TCOM’s headquarters is based in Columbia, MD and the Manufacturing & Flight Test Facility is located near Elizabeth City, NC. TCOM is the only company in the world devoted to aerostat and airship manufacture, assembly, flight test and training.


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