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June 14, 2007Denny Raitz of the Boeing Company has been honored with AIAs Leonard Ross Award for his work on behalf of the aerospace and defense industry through the years. Raitz, associate technical fellow for Lifecycle Support, received the award in recognition of his efforts in the field of technical publications that resulted in improved manuals and specifications for program managers. "Denny has been an excellent resource for the aerospace industry as we have strived to enhance our standards and specifications," AIA President and CEO John Douglass said. "I congratulate him on a well-deserved award." Raitz was instrumental in creating and developing a guidebook used by program managers to identify specific functionalities needed in an electronic technical manual. That tool is now an integral part of the S1000D specification, which establishes standards for civil and military vehicles and equipment. He also is the main U.S. liaison to a committee adapting S1000D for use in Europe. Raitz has been an active member of the AIA Product Support Committee, Joint Aviation Logistics Board Working Group, NATO Interoperability Council, and Technical Publications Standards Management Group. The Leonard Ross Memorial Award honors those who have provided extraordinary service to the Product Support Committee and the aerospace industry over a sustained period of time. Its namesake was a former committee vice chair from Hughes Aircraft who established the award in 1989; it was renamed for him when he received it posthumously in 1992. The award is given periodically according to individual merit, not a set schedule. Past winners include Judd Gambrill of Honeywell and Drex Rutledge of Lockheed Martin in 2006, William "Bob" Dickie of Parker Aerospace in 2004, Eddie McClendon of Raytheon in 1999, and Warren Balish of AIA in 1998.