“Lockheed Martin is a global leader in supporting customers’ missions,” said Perry Oaks, senior manager at Hill Air Force Base, at the Salt Lake Chamber’s October 2021 Military Affairs Committee Meeting.

As an innovative security and aerospace company, Lockheed Martin is paving the way in scientific discovery, space exploration and cybersecurity advancements. Its values stem from the unwavering dedication to delivering groundbreaking technological solutions that ensure public safety.

“One of the reasons I’ve loved working with Lockheed is it fits right in with the values we had in my 27 years with the air force to do what’s right, respect others and perform with excellence,” said Oaks.

Oaks has felt right at home at Lockheed from the experience he brings to the table as a veteran.

“Lockheed has been such a wonderful place for veterans because they bring in expertise that is needed and understand the concepts of the aerospace industry.”

Forty percent of Lockheed’s work is in aeronautics with a large part of that encompassing the F-35 program. Hill Air Force Base plays an integral role in the detonation of the “most lethal, survivable and connected fighter jet in the world,” that “strengthens national security, enhances global partnerships and powers economic growth,” according to Lockheed Martin’s website.

“The progress that the aircrafts continue to make is mind-boggling,” said Oaks.

Outside of aeronautics, Lockheed is part of the Orion Project which entails the first flight to Mars within the next four years. Other work includes the Indago 3a small unmanned aerial system (UAS) and the Minuteman III an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

The Salt Lake Chamber Military Affairs Committee (MAC) focuses on building relationships between military installation units and businesses by increasing awareness through monthly briefings and tours. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Committee meets to discuss issues facing our guards and reservists and provide hands-on experiences and educational opportunities. The next meeting will be held on November 3, 2021. For more information, visit the MAC website.