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Raytheon Receives Employer of the Year Award for Service to Veterans from California Employment Development Department

    RESTON, Va., May 13  /PRNewswire/ -- Raytheon Company's National Training
Center site at Fort Irwin, Calif., has received the State of California
Employment Development Department (EDD) Employer of the Year Award for
providing outstanding employment service to veterans in the Barstow and
Victorville areas near Fort Irwin.

    Herb K. Schultz, acting director of EDD, presented the award to Raytheon
Technical Services Company LLC on May 7, 2004, during the California Employer
Advisory Council Annual Conference (CEAC) at the Hilton Arden West Hotel in
Sacramento. The certificate of award was signed by Helen Winchester,
president, CEAC Executive Board, and Cal Farmer, chair, CEAC Veterans
Executive Committee.

    "Raytheon is dedicated to providing the best possible employment
opportunities to all employees, and we're pleased to be recognized for our
inclusive hiring practices," said Bryan J. Even, a Raytheon vice president and
president of RTSC. "Simply put, hiring and retaining diverse employees with
unique skill sets and experience-such as those veterans bring to our
workforce-is good business."

    "Many of the tasks we perform are unique to military service, and veterans
bring skills and work habits from their military service that reduce our
training requirements," added Jim McKnight, RTSC site manager at the Army's
National Training Center. "Raytheon is proud to partner with the Army at the
National Training Center in its effort to prepare our troops for war, and
Raytheon's employment of skilled veterans enhances that partnership."

    RTSC employs nearly 400 people in the Barstow/Victorville area, and
roughly half of those are veterans.

    RTSC's National Training Center site was nominated for the award in the
category of private employers with more than 200 employees. The local
Barstow/Victorville job service office of the EDD submitted the nomination.
Judging was done at the state level, according to Helen Griego, the EDD
employment program representative who nominated RTSC for the award. Griego
pointed out that numerous employers in several different categories were
nominated for the award by local EDD job service offices throughout the state.

    RTSC provides the Army's National Training Center at Fort Irwin with
operations, maintenance and field engineering services; tactical and
operational scenario writing, planning and exercise control; and data
collection, training analysis, analysis support, real-time after action
reviews and training device products. The program also provides worldwide
instructional and maintenance support of Tactical Engagement Systems. Raytheon
Technical Services Company LLC provides technology solutions for defense,
federal and commercial customers worldwide. It specializes in customized
engineering services; logistics and supply chain management; training; and
science, research and technology.

    Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2003 sales of $18.1 billion, is an
industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information
technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft.
With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 78,000 people worldwide.


   Contact:
   Kristen Giddens
   703.295.2535


SOURCE: Raytheon Company

Web site:  http://www.raytheon.com/



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