• Boeing to support British Military Tournament 2011

    June 13, 2011 - On June 7, Journalists and members of the British armed forces gathered in London to celebrate the official launch of the British Military Tournament 2011.

    “For the second year in a row, Boeing is honoured to be the lead sponsor of the British Military Tournament, the United Kingdom’s iconic display of military skill, courage and honor,” said Mike Kurth, managing director of Boeing Defence UK. He added, “Our involvement stems from our support of the British Armed Forces and their families, whose lives have fundamentally changed through their courageous service.”

    For more than 100 years, people travelled from all over the United Kingdom to witness the Royal Tournament. This event was discontinued 11 years ago due to budget constraints, but in 2010 returned to London as The British Military Tournament, thanks in large part to sponsorship from Boeing. In 2010 the event was attended by nearly 60,000 people and raised more than $400,000 for charities.

    “Through the British Military Tournament, the UK military promotes itself to the public and in turn, the public can show its support for the UK armed forces,” said Sir Roger Bone, president of Boeing United Kingdom. “Boeing’s ongoing support for both the tournament and our men and women in uniform has helped to make this all possible.”

    This year the show will last three days, Dec. 2-4, and will focus on the “special relationship” between the United Kingdom and the United States, sharing the 250-year military history between the two countries. The more than 700 participants will include active combat servicemen and servicewomen, American Civil War re-enactors and musicians from the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and U.S. Army bands.

    “The Boeing Company has supported British Armed Forces for decades,” added Kurth. “We currently support them with the Chinook, C-17 and Apache, as well as logistics, training and support programs. It’s imperative that we do what we can to show our support for our armed forces and the British Military Tournament is one such way. After all, they’re the reason why we are here.”