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Lockheed Martin to Exit Administration of Retiree Medical, Dental & Prescription Drug Plans
From The COMARA Board of Directors with help from Jack Hannon

Lockheed Martin to Exit Administration of Retiree Medical, Dental & Prescription Drug Plans This is BIG, BIG, BIG. You will recall that last fall Jach Hannon inquired of a Lockheed Martin benefits official what was in store for the 2015 enrollment period, Jack was promptly assured that "there are no significant changes to the health benefits being offered for next year" (a direct quote, folks), and we passed that information along to you.
Well, in only three months, everything has changed. Read More

Next Board Meeting

Tue, 10 Feb, 2015, 11:30am
Chez Kinzie

COMARA/IRAA 2015 Strathmore Concert

Sun, Mar 29, 2015, 3:00pm
Order Tickets by Mar 2.
Joint IRA/COMARA Event.

Deadline for Benefits Election

May 31, 2015
COMSAT Alumni Receiving Retiree Medical Benefits

 Upcoming Events

Strathmore Concert: Mar 29, 2015, 3:00 PM

COMARA and IRAA (Intelsat Retirees) members can enjoy an afternoon of 3 classic Russian masterpieces performed by the National Philharmonic at the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The performance is Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM

  • Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet
  • Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espanyol
  • Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring world-renowed pianist Haochen Zhang

Purchase discounted orchestra seats at $49.60 each and Grand Tier (2nd balcony) at $36.00 by Monday, March 2, 2015. Send your check to the IRAA Treasurer, or use PayPal from the IRAA website. See 2015 Joint COMARA/IRAA Strathmore Concert for details if you are interested.


Comments Received Re: Lockheed Martin Retiree Medical Plan Changes

Jack Hannon and the Board of Directors

Geza Serenyi Comments


Photos from the 2014 First Wednesday in December Gathering

Photos from the 2014 First Wednesday in December Gathering Over 40 people attended the First Wednesday in December Gathering held December 3 at the Golden Bull Grand Cafe. Only a few photos have captions to to help you identify the people in the photo at this time. We hope to have captions on the remaining photos by mid-January. Click any photo to view the photo in a larger size and display the caption. Navigate through the set using arrow links or arrow keys on the keyboard. There is also a link to the slide show from this view.

Thanks to Ron Johnson for organizing this event. Thanks also to Paul Schrantz and Ron Garlow for taking the photos.


Photos from the 2014 Social

Photos from the 2014 Social We had a great turnout for the 2014 Social at the Golden Bull Grand Cafe on Sunday, September 28. View the album containing photos. Captions on the photos identify the people in each photo. Click any photo to view the photo in a larger size and display the caption. Navigate through the set using arrow links or arrow keys on the keyboard. There is also a link to the slide show from this view.

Roland Liu just shared the phots he took at the social. They have been added to the first set provided by Ron Garlow.

If you took any photos you would like to share, contact webmaster@comara.org to arrange for transfer of your photos. If any of the captions are incorrect, let the webmaster know.

Roger Cochetti Book: Mobile Satellite Communications Handbook

Roger Cochetti Mobile Satellite Communications John Wiley & Sons publishers released The Mobile Satellite Communications Handbook in October. Written by COMSAT alum Roger Cochetti with a Foreword by COMSAT alum Ahmad Ghais, this is Cochetti's second book for Wiley tracing the history of the mobile satellite communications industry and technology.

The book, which is available at http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118357027.html, is a "handbook" that is designed for the new-comer to this technology and industry. Cochetti thanks the many COMSAT alum who supported his effort and reports that he is working on his next book for Wiley, which will review the history of a different (non-communications) satellite industry and technology.

Roger J. Cochetti Roger Cochetti has been an executive in the technology sector for over thirty years, including COMSAT Mobile Communications, IBM, VeriSign and other technology businesses. He has served as a Member of the United Sates Department of State Advisory Committee on Information and Communications Policy during both the Bush and Obama administrations. Cochetti is the author of The Mobile Satellite Communications Handbook; John Wiley & Sons/Quantum; 1998 and of numerous published white papers and monographs on technology matters. He earned a Bachelor's degree from GeorgetownUniversity, a Master's from Johns Hopkins University and has been listed among Who's Who in America for over a decade.




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