Astronauts James Dutton Jr. and Stephen Robinson honored 15 employees of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis during the Silver Snoopy awards ceremony on Oct. 22 at StenniSphere, Stennis’ visitor center.
The Silver Snoopy is the astronauts’ personal award and is presented to less than 1 percent of the total workforce annually. This prestigious award is presented by a member of the astronaut corps representing its core principles for outstanding flight safety and mission success.
This year’s recipients were Cory Acosta of St. Bernard, La., lead test engineer for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR); Gary Bennett of Pearlington, facilitator for Jacobs Technology NASA Test Operations Group (NTOG); Gregory Condiff of Waveland, space shuttle main engine configuration management analyst for PWR; Kenneth Cook of Long Beach, space shuttle main engine instrumentation engineer for PWR; Larry Giveans Jr. of Waveland, space shuttle main engine systems design analyst for PWR; Bruce Hummel of Hattiesburg, a laboratory metrologist with Applied Geo Technologies; Lester Langford of Slidell, La., senior engineer with NTOG; Frank Milstead of Butler, Ala., retired quality assurance specialist with the Defense Contract Management Agency; Lamar Nicholson of Ocean Springs, senior computer scientist with Computer Sciences Corp.; Alan Phillips of Picayune, electrical shop supervisor with Jacobs Technology Facility Operating Services Contract (FOSC) Group; David “Skip” Roberts of Gautier, mechanical experimental equipment with NASA Engineering & Test Directorate; Michael Slade of Picayune, facilitator with NTOG; Jeanette Stogner of Picayune, real property specialist with FOSC; Pennie Turner of Gulfport, management support assistant with NASA Engineering & Test Directorate; and Robert “Chops” Williams of Bay St. Louis, chief storekeeper for FOSC.
Each recipient received a Silver Snoopy lapel pin flown aboard a space shuttle mission, along with a letter of commendation and certificate signed by Dutton and Robinson.
Dutton, a lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force, was selected in May 2004 as one of 14 members of the 19th NASA astronaut class. He is assigned to the Exploration Branch working on the development of the Orion crew exploration vehicle cockpit and to the Capcom Branch as a shuttle capsule communicator. He was the ascent/entry capsule communicator for space shuttle missions STS-122 in February and STS-123 in March.
Robinson, selected as an astronaut in December 1994, has flown on three space shuttle missions: STS-85 in 1997, STS-95 in 1998 and STS-114 in 2005. He also served as a back-up crewmember for International Space Station Expedition 4. Robinson has logged more than 830 hours and 14.1 million miles in space.
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