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News | Jan. 29, 2019

DCMA Baltimore employee wins NASA award

By Matthew Mings DCMA Baltimore

Defense Contract Management Agency Baltimore employee Thomas DiCuirci recently received an award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 

DiCuirci received the NASA Space Flight Awareness Award, also known as the Silver Snoopy Award, during a ceremony at DCMA Denver on Dec. 11. The award recognizes the achievements of those who have made above-and-beyond contributions toward mission success of NASA manned space flight. 

“This is one of the proudest moments of my professional career and I am truly humbled by this award,” said DiCuirici.

DiCuirci received his award for his support as a DCMA lead quality assurance specialist responsible for process evaluation, supply chain management, and development and adherence to inspection criteria within NASA’s Orion program. 

NASA astronauts present the award in recognition of the contributions of individuals to the safety of manned space flight. Stephanie Wilson presented the award to DiCuirici. Wilson, a NASA astronaut who has an undergraduate engineering degree from Harvard University and a graduate aerospace engineering degree from the University of Texas, is a veteran of three spaceflights and has logged more than 42 days in space. 

In addition to the certificate, DiCuirci was presented a sterling silver Snoopy pin. This lapel pin, in the likeness of Snoopy, the cartoon character, has logged some space flight time of its own having been flown aboard the Orion spacecraft’s first test flight designated as Exploration Flight Test One on Dec. 5, 2014.