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Oshkosh Defense Supports New Opportunities for Nation’s At-Risk Youth With ChalleNGe Champions Gala Sponsorship

OSHKOSH, Wis. (March 2, 2011) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), is supporting the National Guard Youth Foundation as a platinum sponsor of its ChalleNGe Champions Gala, held March 1 in Washington, D.C. The annual event is held to raise awareness about the Youth ChalleNGe Program – which provides high school dropouts with new opportunities – and also honors those who have turned their lives around through the program.

“The National Guard Youth Foundation to date has graduated more than 100,000 cadets around the country through the ChalleNGe program,” said Andy Hove, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president and president of Oshkosh Defense. “We are honored to support the National Guard and this unique program that aims to give a second chance to our nation’s youth who might otherwise slip through the cracks.”

The National Guard founded the Youth ChalleNGe Program in 1993. The program consists of a 22-week residential phase followed by a 12-month mentoring phase. It is open for 16- to 18-year-old male and female high school dropouts. There are 33 ChalleNGe program sites in 27 states and the territory of Puerto Rico.

Oshkosh Defense has a history of supporting military members and their families. In 2010, Oshkosh Defense donated more than $150,000 to the Armed Forces Foundation in funds raised through its “Rumble With a Cause” sweepstakes. The company also recruits and employs active-duty and retired military members, including many who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Oshkosh received the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award in 2008 from the Department of Defense. It is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve. The Wisconsin Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve also recognized Oshkosh in 2008 with the Pro Patria and Above and Beyond awards.

About the National Guard Youth Foundation

The National Guard Youth Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the National Guard Youth Foundation is to foster program awareness, advocate for the program goals and funding, and provide scholarships, training and workforce transition assistance to the graduates of the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program. In cooperation with the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program, the Foundation assists youths who drop out of secondary school to improve their life skills, education and employment, creating the next generation of skilled workforce in America. The Honorary Board of Directors is co-chaired by President George H.W. Bush and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). For more information about the National Guard Youth Foundation, visit www.ngyf.org.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount.  For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, ™ All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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