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ATK announces $100K gift for museum expansion

Posted 1/3/2013   Updated 1/4/2013 Email story   Print story


by Lin Erickson
Air Force Museum Foundation

1/3/2013 - DAYTON, Ohio -- Today, ATK (NYSE: ATK) announced the commitment of $100,000 to the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. to support the expansion of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Funding will be used for the construction of a 224,000 square-foot LEED Silver certified building to house three galleries: the Space Gallery, the Presidential Aircraft Gallery and the Global Reach Gallery.

Lt. Gen. Richard V. Reynolds, USAF (Ret.) and Chairman of the Air Force Museum Foundation Board of Managers, expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Foundation.

"We are thrilled to receive this generous gift from ATK," Reynolds said. "The addition of a fourth building will significantly enhance the museum's ability to tell the full Air Force story and will provide a platform to increase the education of students and teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Donations like this one will help us expand our reach and inspire young people to consider education and careers in STEM fields."

"We are proud to support this important effort in the Miami Valley," said Michael Pekar, leader of ATK's Dayton site. "ATK focuses on projects that support and honor our military service members and their families; increase student interest and achievement in STEM; and create better, stronger communities. The museum expansion addresses all of these priorities on a national scale. Our local employees look forward to participating in new programs and exhibit experiences in the fourth building and sharing their experiences with colleagues across the country."

With today's announcement, the Foundation has secured $38.7 million of the $48.7 million project goal. Construction will be funded entirely by the Air Force Museum Foundation with the support of generous donors. Current plans call for construction to begin in 2013 and the new building to open in 2015.

ATK is an aerospace, defense, and commercial products company with operations in 21 states, Puerto Rico, and internationally. News and information can be found on the Internet at

The Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc. was established in 1960 as a philanthropic, non-profit organization to assist the Air Force in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum of the United States Air Force and to undertake and advance programs and activities supporting the museum. For more information on the Air Force Museum Foundation, visit

The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the service's national institution for preserving and presenting the Air Force story. Each year, more than 1.2 million visitors come to the museum to learn about the mission, history, and evolving capabilities of America's Air Force. For more information on the museum, visit

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