USO Honors Lockheed Martin’s Marillyn Hewson as Woman of the Year

Lockheed Martin’s Electronic Systems Executive Vice President Marillyn Hewson was  honored on May 1 by the United Service Organizations (USO) with its 2012 Woman of the Year Award for non-military leaders.  

At a luncheon hosted by the USO of Metropolitan New York, Hewson was joined by General Ann E. Dunwoody, the first woman four-star general in the U.S. military, who received the USO’s Woman of the Year Award for military women. As part of the event, both Hewson and Dunwoody participated in a question and answer session moderated by NBC “Today” show co-anchor Ann Curry.  

The award recognizes women, both civilian and military, who have provided important support for our military during some of the most challenging times in our nation’s history. In addition to Hewson and General Dunwoody, the USO honored one female service member from each of the branches of the armed forces with its Military Leadership Award.

Hewson accepted the award on behalf of the 123,000 Lockheed Martin employees whose mission, she said, “is to support our men and women in uniform, and to partner with organizations like the USO, who make performing that mission less burdensome.” During her remarks, Hewson thanked the organization “for all the ways they lift the lives of our troops and their families.”

“Marillyn is the perfect embodiment of the ideals behind our USO Woman of the Year award,” stated Brian Whiting, CEO and president, USO of Metropolitan New York. “In addition to being one of the most influential women in business, she and the more than 123,000 Lockheed Martin employees have a long and outstanding history of partnering with the USO.”

Hewson was recently elected by Lockheed Martin’s Board of Directors as the Corporation’s next President and Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2013.


Hewson thanks the USO for its recognition and “for all the ways they lift the lives of our troops and their families.”


Hewson and General Dunwoody stand with the service members recognized with the USO’s Military Leadership Award. Pictured left to right: Captain Gina Fasciani (Airman of the Year), Sergeant Sheena Adams (Marine of the Year), Sergeant Julia Bringloe (Soldier of the Year), Marillyn Hewson (USO Woman of the Year), General Ann Dunwoody (USO Woman of the Year), Lieutenant Junior Grade Katherine Ustler (Coast Guardsman of the Year), and Lieutenant Katherine Worstell (Sailor of the Year).