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BLAZING FLAME

Brandon
Polingyumptewa
HOPI

50 WINDS OF CHANGE * FALL 2017

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MICHAEL GOETTINGS/BOEING

W

hen Brandon
Polingyumptewa
was in grade
school, he went
on a field trip
that changed his life. During a
visit to what is now aerospace
giant The Boeing Company's
Mesa, Ariz., plant, Polingyumptewa got his first glimpse of the
Apache helicopter that was being
built at the facility. "Kids are
impressionable; they see things
that spark an interest and grab
them," says Polingyumptewa,
Hopi, recipient of this year's
Blazing Flame Award. "For me, it
was seeing the Apache helicopter
- the way it flew was so graceful
and so powerful and so strong
and silent. It really pulled me in."
This is not hyperbole. For the
past 22 years Polingyumptewa has
worked in the very same Mesa
facility he toured as a youngster.
Among his jobs today? "I help to
build the next-generation Apache,
called the Apache Guardian," says
Polingyumptewa, whose official
job title is supply chain management specialist, a role that has him
managing information flows,
schedules, and materials and
working with engineers and
designers so that the operators in
the factory can efficiently build
this highly advanced helicopter.
Though Polingyumptewa may
have been inspired by his initial
visit to the Mesa facility, the
mechanical science and technology skills he needed to do his job
were honed initially out of


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