Head of Chesapeake Bay Chapter Honored. (Women in Defence)

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Cindy Broyles--president of the Women In Defense Chesapeake Bay Chapter, in Lexington Park, Md.--has been named Woman of the Year by the Margaret Brent Business and Professional Women's Organization, which is headquartered in the same town.

Broyles was selected for her career achievements in the defense industry. In addition to her position with WID, she is a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., in charge of the company's work with the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), located at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.

She heads a team of 250 analysts helping to develop support plans command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems for new Navy aircraft, such as the CV-22 tilt-rotorcraft and the multi-mission aircraft.

"We assess the long-term and short-term impacts of fielded and future systems," Broyles said. "We use an integrated approach, incorporating acquisition, science and technology, operational, technical and systems perspectives to analyze and assess interoperability to support NAVAIR."

Last year, Broyles helped create the WID Chesapeake Bay Chapter. "I recognized that there was a need to form an affinity group for women related to the NAVAIR defense market, and there certainly was," she said. "It just felt like the right time.

"Our first meeting brought out more than 50 attendees, just for a meeting of interest. …