ADA Announces Raytheon Scholarship Recipients

Raytheon awarded two $5,000 scholarships in the name of two fallen service members:

Chief Warrant Officer Robert Hammett who was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, based in Fort Carson, Colorado and was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq.

Command Sergeant Major James Blankenbecler who in 2003 was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, based in Fort Hood, Texas, and was killed while riding in a convoy that was hit by an improvised explosive device in Samarra, Iraq.

The scholarship is awarded to two children of Air Defenders (Active, National Guard and Retired) who are seniors in high school. This year, the scholarships will be awarded to the following recipients.

Ms. Taylor C. Wilson will receive the CSM Jame Blankenbecler Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Alabama Huntsville in the fall. She will play soccer and pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering. She is from Panama City, FL.

Mr. Travis J. Barrow will receive the CW3 Robert Hammett Scholarship. He plans to attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall. He is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as serving in the Pennsylvania National Guard. He is from Orwigsburg, PA.

“The Air Defense Artillery Association is extremely grateful to the Raytheon Company for its’ very generous perpetual donation to our scholarship fund. Their support will enable to ADA Association to assist a greater number of our family members for years to come, while also keeping the memory alive of two of our heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation.”

Nate Jones | Air Defense Artillery Association, Executive Director

“This scholarship will recognize the ADA community and those heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Tom McNamara Raytheon | Vice President, Business Development for Integrated Air & Missile Defense