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Welcome to the new TRA website.  Are you new to this site? If you haven’t registered recently (after Oct 2015), you will need to register (or navigate there by hovering your mouse over “Members” and then clicking on “Register” on the main menu) so that we can ensure that only valid members have access to our member database.  Not a TRA member?  Join on-line (Members->Member Join).  For help on using our TRA website, click here.

Sign Up for JWST Tour

Thanks to Mary Ann Chory, Reggie Jue, and our tour volunteers, TRA is pleased to announce signups are available for our first James Web Space Telescope (JWST) tour scheduled for February 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM, at the Space Park facility in Redondo Beach, CA. This free event is for TRA members and guests who are U.S. citizens. Signups are available first-come, first-served, by clicking here and filling out the required information. Registration will close on Tuesday, 6 Feb, to allow time for the company to prepare visitor badges.

If you haven’t registered for our website there is a simple, one-time registration process available by clicking here. Note that the Building S Cafeteria will be open after the tour until 1pm so you might be able to meet up with friends and have lunch at the cafeteria.

Upon your signup and notification that you have been accepted for the tour, please plan to meet in the Space Park Building E2 lobby roughly 20 minutes before the tour start to be signed in. You will need to bring a valid form of government-issued identification, such as a state driver’s license or U.S. passport. As part of the tour we will be walking between buildings and going up and down stairs. No photography is allowed.

Depending on demand and interest we plan to schedule more tours as the JWST integration progresses. According to the program schedule, for this first tour, the spacecraft and sunshade should be viewable in the high bay. The Optical Telescope Element should be received at Space Park but will likely still be in its shipping container.


What’s New on the Site

  • The first 2018 edition of the No Name Gazette will be in the mail shortly, but if you’d like to read an on-line version, please click here.
  • Election Results for 2018 Officers:

    Thanks to all of our members who took time to vote. The 2018 Officers will be Mary Ann Chory, President; Al Hausrath, Vice President; Michael Narigon, Secretary; Charles Clendening, Treasurer and Dena Bouskos Immediate Past President. Newly elected Directors are: Carol Schamp, Reggie Jue and Marcy Morrison. Carry-over Directors from 2017 are Jack Trost and Bob Doll. Ballots were received from 25% of our members; 56% by mail and the remainder by website. Our members who responded to our survey questions felt that TRA was exceeding their expectations. We appreciate your kind words with respect to our recent directory, mail pouch column and events. We will more actively encourage and support the development of off-site groups using our San Diego and Huntsville chapters as examples and are looking for volunteers in other geographic locations who would like to work with us.

  • A retiree mentors STEM students

    We have an opportunity to leverage our STEM experience and give back to society by volunteering to tutor under-resourced students.  To find out more information, see our post by clicking here.

  • For more information about passing of our colleagues, please visit our In Memoriam page. Meanwhile, we are sorry to pass on the following sad news:
    • Tina Lee wrote us to let us know that her father, Albert C. Lee, passed away on September 7 at the age of 92. Albert started as an electrical engineer at Space Technology Laboratories
    • Jerry Bullard’s wife, Patricia, wrote I am heartbroken to say that my dear Jerry passed away this morning after a fast-acting return of cancer. I know he would have wanted his work friends to know and to tell them how much he valued the friendship and experiences with his work colleagues. For more info, visit the In Memoriam page
    • Jack Bohn, who worked at TRW for 30 years, passed away on Sept. 19 at age 87 after a year of declining health. Jack was a good friend of the TRA and also was a regular at the ATD annual reunion.
    • We received word from Walt Pennington’s daughter than Walt passed away Sept. 12. Walt was the former site director at the Capistrano Test Facility.
    • Robin Carnine, who was featured in our photos from our last holiday party dancing with a group of women, lost her battle with cancer on August 22.
    • Robert Edward Patterson, who lead the Mission Assurance effort NG Space Technolgy, died last week after a decade long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 70. Gentle, strong, and infectiously optimistic, Bob finished his forty-year career in aerospace at NG. For a detailed obit, please click here.
    • Mike Gearhart wrote us to tell us that his father, Jack B. Gearhart, passed away peacefully Christmas morning in his San Diego, California home at the age of 93 due to complications associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Jack’s career included opportunities at McDonald Douglas, Northrop (the original company) STL and TRW. For more details, please visit our In-Memoriam page
    • Kim Murry informed us of the passing of her mother, Agatha Reardon, after a long illness. Agatha worked for many years at TRW, retiring in 1992 and living an active life in San Luis Obispo. To see her obituary, please click here.
    • Mary Buhta wrote to inform us of the passing of her husband, Pravin, who managed the Advanced Programs Technology Office. Pravin retired in 1992 after 30 years with TRA. For more information, and to learn about a celebration of life, please visit the In Memoriam page.
  • We have now posted an updated list of NG Clubs. Retirees are welcome to join as associate members. For details, click here.