Bell Helicopter Renews Armed Forces Bowl Partnership

Fort Worth, Texas, September 9, 2009 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. Company, has renewed its title sponsorship of the Armed Forces Bowl for two more years according to John Garrison, president and chief executive officer of Bell Helicopter, and Brant Ringler, the game’s executive director, in a joint announcement today.

Known as the Fort Worth Bowl during its first three years, the Armed Forces Bowl, owned and operated by ESPN, initially signed Bell Helicopter as the game’s title partner in August 2006. The initial agreement was for two years, with Bell Helicopter picking up a two-year option in December 2007 to be title partner for the game through the 2009 postseason.

The new agreement has Bell Helicopter continuing as the Armed Forces Bowl title sponsor through the 2011 game with a set option for two additional years for the 2012 and 2013 contests.

“Bell Helicopter is proud to continue our sponsorship of the Armed Forces Bowl,” said Bell President and CEO John Garrison. “The event’s emphasis on providing well-deserved recognition for our men and women in uniform and honoring their service to this nation makes us proud to be associated with this bowl.”

“Bell Helicopter’s renewal will allow the Armed Forces Bowl to continue the growth of the game since its name was changed from the Fort Worth Bowl,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the bowl. “Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to supporting our uniformed personnel makes this renewal even more special.”

Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical-lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tiltrotor aircraft. Recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell’s global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.