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Billie Deason July 28, 1993

RELEASE: 93-059

CHARLES A. RILEY AWARDED NASA SILVER SNOOPY

Native Victorian Charles A. Riley recently received the prestigious "Silver Snoopy," the NASA Astronauts' Personal Achievement Award. Riley is the grandson of Claude Riley and the late Dorothy Murphy Riley and of Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Jacob, all of Victoria. Riley works as a contract specialist in the NASA-Johnson Space Center's Aircraft Operations and Materiel Procurement Branch.

Riley was commended for his professional excellence in support of astronaut space flight training, a critical component of preparing Shuttle crews for space flight. Riley also was cited for his dedication in the complex procurement solicitation and contract award process to lease a Cessna Citation II aircraft for mission specialist training. Through Riley's efforts, the aircraft lease was arranged in the shortest possible time, allowing mission specialists to maintain their flying proficiency with minimal interruption.

The coveted Snoopy Award is a silver pin in the form of Snoopy garbed in space helmet and space suit, a certificate, and a letter of commendation personally signed and presented by an astronaut citing the appreciation of the astronauts for the outstanding performance of the recipient. Riley's Snoopy pin was flown on Shuttle mission STS-26 in September 1988.

The Silver Snoopy award originated in 1968 as recognition for individuals who have performed an outstanding effort contributing to the success of manned space flight missions. To meet the criteria for this award, the recipient's job performance must be oriented to flight safety or mission success. It must be of an outstanding nature to distinguish the individual in his or her particular area of responsibility, and it must be meaningful in its contribution to flight safety or success of the mission.

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