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Last update: 20-Jul-2015

Election for the Class of 2015 Directors
There are nine Directors on the COMARA Board of Directors. Three Directors are elected each year for a three year term. The Board nominates three members, and members can nominate additional people for the election. The nominees from the Board are: Maury Mechanick, Peter Jacxsens, and David Lee. The election is via online ballot. The election period begins August 11.

Dental Plan Coverage for COMSAT Retirees

Lockheed Martin Retiree Dental Plan coverage ended May 31. Dental plan coverage beginning June can be purchased through OneExchange. Lockheed Martin charged some employees for dental plan coverage in June (and beyond).
Rich Lustig was able to get reliable information about the coverage, and the procedure to request refund of any premiums paid to Lockheed.
See Dental Plan Coverage for COMSAT Retirees for the details.
Contact the Lockheed Martin Employee Service Center at 866-562-2363.

Proposed COMSAT Satellite Conference

Several members, including Steve Teller, Ashok Rao, Lin-nan Lee, and Russell Fang have been discussing a possible conference or workshop regarding current satellite technology.
See Proposed COMSAT Satellite Conference for the details.

Steve Teller has provided a form so you can indicate the technology you would like to see included in the conference, and the conference location and time. You can access the form at:
Steve had recently created the COMSAT Legacy website, and included copies of the COMSAT Technical Reviews and other documents on his site.

Note from Pier Bargellini about the death of his wife

I am sorry to report the death of my wife Anna on July 10 2015 at age 93 after 72 years of marriage and three children. It happened here in Tepoztlan- Morelos- Mexico where I live temporarily.

I am now 101 & 1/2 years old still in good health with a few pills.
A paper of mine on Marconi (The Inventor of Radio Communications), Popov (his friend) and Tesla (his aggressive enemy) will be published in the July/August issue of AEIT.

Best regards,
Dr. Pier L. Bargellini, Fellow/Life Member IEEE.

'Satellite', an artistic homage to a relic of a restless age

Paul Schranta noticed an article in the Washington Post about an artistic rendition Early Bird. It is on display at 1700 L St. NW. through July 31. The replica is viewable from outside or by appointment. Call 202-234-5601.
Washington Post Article: 'Satellite,' an artistic homage to a relic of a restless age

Deadline for Benefits Election

May 29, 2015
COMSAT Alumni Receiving Retiree Medical Benefits

Next Board Meeting

Tue, 11 Aug, 2015, 11:30am
Chez Kinzie

Fall Social

Sun, Sep 20, 2015 4pm
Golden Bull Grand Cafe

Upcoming Events


Previous Retirement Medical Benefits Information

Thanks to Maury Mechanick and Rich Lustig for all their work to help members with selections for medical insurance after Lockheed Martin announced the end administering the coverage. Many members report they have been pleased with the performance of the revised Medical plan, and hope our members have been able to have success in their selections.

It was time to archive this information, and let the website get back to COMARA activities. A new page containing the archived benefits information will be available in a few days. For now, if you have any questions, direct them to OneExchange 844-596-0460, or email

The OneExchange website is One Exchange for Lockheed Martin employees and retirees

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