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ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., May 3, 2012 - ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) has opened a new office at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) to support a broad range of ongoing program activities with the U.S. Army.
“This new facility provides us with the opportunity to better respond to customer needs with on-the-ground support,” said Chris Bernhardt, Exelis executive vice president and president of the Electronic Systems division. “From communications to electronic warfare technologies, we work hand-in-hand with the Army, and this office underscores our commitment to supporting its critical missions.”
The Exelis office, located at the heart of the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center, is led by Joanne Powell, vice president for Army Programs for the Exelis Electronic Systems division. Powell joined Exelis in 2003 after a 33-year career with the Department of Defense. She retired as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for Communications, Fort Monmouth, N.J., for the PEO, Enterprise Information Systems, Fort Belvoir, Va. Since joining the company, Powell has worked at facilities in Fort Wayne, Ind., Clifton, N.J., and at the Exelis office in Fort Monmouth as well.
“We fully expect to bring the same high level of support to the Army at APG that we did at Fort Monmouth,” said Powell.  “As we work side by side with our customer daily, we will be better able to understand and act on our customer’s needs and ensure they have the innovative and affordable solutions required.”
Just as at Fort Monmouth, the company’s commitment extends beyond the business. Exelis will continue to support Fisher House and other causes important to the APG community.
“Being part of the Aberdeen Proving Ground community extends to the charitable and community- based groups as well,” said Powell, who serves on the fundraising committee to support the Fisher House Foundation. “We are here to make a lasting impact, and I am committed to making that happen.” 
About ITT Exelis
ITT Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense and information solutions company with strong positions in enduring and emerging global markets. Exelis is a leader in networked communications, sensing and surveillance, electronic warfare, navigation, air traffic solutions and information systems with growing positions in cyber security, composite aerostructures, logistics and technical services. The company has a 50-year legacy of innovation and technology expertise, partnering with customers worldwide to deliver affordable, mission-critical products and services for managing global threats, conflicts and complexities. Headquartered in McLean, Va., the company employs about 20,500 people and generated 2011 sales of $5.8 billion.


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