Honeywell International Inc., a leading American multinational technology and manufacturing company with an association with the U.S. Army dating back to World War II, recently pledged $1,000,000 toward the construction of the National Museum of the United States Army.
“We take enormous pride in Honeywell’s long-standing relationship with the Army,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. “We want to do our part to ensure that the Army’s storied history is properly preserved and shared with the public, and that the 30 million American men and women who have worn the Army uniform since 1775 finally receive the fitting tribute they rightly deserve.”
Honeywell’s long-standing relationship with the Army began during the early stages of World War II with development of the first cabin pressurization system on the B-29 Superfortress. That relationship has extended to a wide-ranging list of technological and manufacturing advancements from the Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and other critical systems and subsystems aboard the Apache helicopter, to virtual reality instrument panels designed to improve the survivability, agility, and mobility of tomorrow’s ground combat vehicles.
“The Army has benefitted continually from the ingenuity that’s the hallmark of Honeywell,” noted General Eric Shinseki (USA-Ret.), former Army Chief of Staff and current Army Historical Foundation (AHF) board member. “Honeywell not only provides technological solutions for incredibly cutting edge performance, but also touches the lives of our Soldiers every day with its Spectra© fiber technology, which is 15 times stronger than steel and light enough to float, and is a critical component of the bullet-resistant body armor our Soldiers wear. “Honeywell also manufactures other personal protection equipment for Soldiers eyes, ears, and feet.”
LTG Roger Schultz (USA-Ret.), AHF President, seconded Shinseki’s assessment of Honeywell’s contributions to Soldier survivability on today’s as well as past battlefields. “We appreciate Honeywell’s unabated concern for our Soldiers’ safety, and we’re also very grateful for their generous gift to the Museum, our Army’s future national landmark.”
Honeywell’s contribution places the company in the Museum’s Five-Star Circle of Distinction reserved for organizations and individuals contributing $1,000,000 or more to the project.