Shea Recognized with Lyman Award

                       Shea Recognized with Lyman Award

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- David J. Shea, a
longtime public relations practitioner with more than fifty years of
experience, has been selected to receive the 2012 Lauren D. Lyman Award for
outstanding achievement in aerospace communications.

Shea's career began in 1959, when he was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force.
He served in Greece, Japan, Korea, Germany and various stateside locations and
held the top communications job in three major Air Force commands. He handled
intense media relations assignments such as the return of more than 500 U.S.
prisoners of war from Vietnam in 1973 and the hospitalization of the exiled
Shah of Iran at an Air Force hospital in San Antonio for six weeks in 1979. He
was the Air Force spokesman for closing out Project Blue Book, the official
program to investigate over 12,000 official UFO sightings and chose this
subject for his Master's thesis in communications. He finished up his time in
uniform as the Director of Defense Information at the Pentagon where he ran
press operations for the Department of Defense.

Shea retired from the Air Force in 1988 and immediately joined the Hughes
Aircraft Company, which joined with Raytheon Company in 1997, where he served
as Director of Media Relations Training and Development and was a mentor to
communicators across the company. He is co-author of "Media Isn't a Four
Letter Word," a guidebook that has been praised as a "must-read" for media
relations professionals, providing tips and techniques for executives on how
to deal with the press. He is a founding member of the Air Force Public
Affairs Alumni Association, a worldwide Air Force Organization with more than
650 members representing all areas of the public affairs profession.

Shea will receive the award at AIA's 48th Annual Year-End Review and Forecast
luncheon Dec. 5.

The award is named after Lauren "Deac" Lyman, a Pulitzer-prize winning
aviation reporter with the New York Times who later had a distinguished career
as a public relations executive with United Aircraft, a predecessor to United
Technologies Corporation. First awarded in 1972, the prize goes to a
journalist or public relations professional in aviation who exhibits Lyman's
high standard of excellence. UTC is the longtime sponsor of the award.

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