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By Luis Delgadillo
Western Regional Command
In 2018, one of the Defense Contract Management Agency Western Regional Command’s main areas of expertise, space systems, or in this case NASA programs, once again received special recognition from the space agency.
The following individuals and teams were recognized for their work.
The Silver Snoopy Award
From more than 200 miles high to the lapel of a coat here on earth. That is how far one of NASA’s 2018 Silver Snoopy pins travels before resting on the chest of a Defense Contract Management Agency employee.
In 2018, four DCMA Western Regional Command employees earned the Silver Snoopy Award. Most recently, NASA honored Robert J. Blaue during a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitor Complex in Florida, Oct. 17.
Blaue works at the Kennedy Space Center as a quality assurance specialist for DCMA Northrop Grumman NASA Product Operations Utah. He's responsible for quality assurance work related to NASA’s Space Launch Systems program.
Other Silver Snoopy Award recipients in 2018 include:
Brad Atkinson, a quality assurance lead, DCMA Northrop Grumman NASA Product Operations Utah.
Perry Garcia, a quality assurance specialist with DCMA Phoenix and John Lloyd, a quality assurance lead with DCMA Lockheed Martin Denver.
According to the award web site, “the Silver Snoopy best symbolizes the intent and spirit of Space Flight Awareness. An astronaut always presents the Silver Snoopy because it is the astronauts' own award for outstanding performance, contributing to flight safety and mission success.”
The award is a sterling silver Snoopy lapel pin that has flown in space on a Space Shuttle mission, plus a certificate of appreciation and commendation letter for the employee, both signed by the astronaut.
Space Flight Awareness Management Award
A SFA Management Award went to John Valverde, from DCMA NASA Product Operations. The award recognizes outstanding leaders who exemplify the following characteristics necessary for flight safety and mission success:
Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award
A SFA Honoree award went to Barry Ourso, also from DCMA NASA NPO. Ourso significantly contributed to the human space flight program to ensure flight safety and mission success. Potential awardees must meet one or more of the following criteria:
Space Flight Awareness Trailblazer Award
Malia Paloian, general engineer with DCMA Phoenix, received the award for work supporting human space flight during the first seven years of her career. In addition, potential awardees must meet two or more criteria below:
Space Flight Awareness Team Award
Orion Program Support Team, DCMA Lockheed Martin Denver, received the team award for having significantly contributed to the human space flight program to ensure flight safety and mission success. Potential awardees must meet one or more of the following criteria:
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