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NG's Missile Man Dies

Larry Dodgen, the retired Army lieutenant general who led the Army Space and Strategic Command before joining Northrop Grumman, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack while playing tennis near his home in Huntsville, Ala. He was 60. A memorial service will be held Thursday morning in Huntsville, with burial at Arlington National Cemetery in early March.

A company official said Dodgen's unexpected death "is significant on many levels" for the company.

The company issued the following statement late yesterday. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Larry Dodgen’s family and friends at his sudden passing. His leadership and outstanding service to our country and to our company will be greatly missed. Throughout his distinguished Army career, Gen. Dodgen was in the forefront of defending freedom, most notably when he led his battalion into combat in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm in 1993. At Northrop Grumman, we were all looking forward to his new role in Huntsville, and his loss is a great shock. ”

Dodgen was the top executive for Northrop Grumman’s Missile Defense Integration Group, which coordinates the company’s missile defense growth strategies. He also led the company's operations in Huntsville, Ala. He was appointed to that position effective Oct. 1, 2009. He joined the company in April 2007.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery following a service at the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, Va., March 11 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes to have donations made to the American Heart Association.

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