Astronaut Dominic Gorie honored 12 employees of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis on Oct. 22 during a special Silver Snoopy awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Stennis Health and Safety Day.
The Silver Snoopy is the astronauts' personal award and is presented to less than 1 percent of the total workforce annually. The 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 Silver Snoopy list includes 14 recipients: Terry Addlesperger of Ocean Springs, lead test engineer for NASA's Engineering and Test Directorate at Stennis; Michelle Biesler of Saegertown, Penn., an aerospace technologist for Engineering Program Management in NASA's Rocket Propulsion Test Program Office at Stennis; Clay Brown of Biloxi, a senior engineering associate with the Jacobs Technology Facility Operating Services Contract (FOSC) team; Chris Coogan of Slidell, La., a data operations technician for Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne (PWR); Rex Cooksey of Carriere, the supervisor for video services with CSC; Janine Cuevas of Waveland, a space shuttle main engine mechanical technician for PWR; Sherry Giveans of Robstown, Texas, a test support systems logistics coordinator for PWR; Dale Green of Picayune, a machinist with the Jacobs FOSC team; Justin Junell of Fredericksburg, Texas, a theoretical simulation technologist for NASA's Engineering and Test Directorate at Stennis; Jerry Knight of Bogalusa, La., a carpenter with the Jacobs FOSC team; Marsha Lynn Ladner of Gulfport, the propellant logistics coordinator with the Jacobs Technology NASA Test Operations Group (NTOG); Nicholas Riesner, a space shuttle main engine test article engineer for PWR; Mounir Sabbagh of Diamondhead, the analysis lead engineer with Jacobs NTOG; and Don Wilson of Waveland, Miss., the measurements standards and calibration laboratory chief for Applied Geo Technologies. Biesler and Wilson were unable to attend the Oct. 22 ceremony and will receive their award at a later date.
Each recipient honored Oct. 22 received a Silver Snoopy lapel pin flown aboard space shuttle Endeavour during the STS-123 mission, along with a letter of commendation and certificate signed by Gorie.
Gorie is a veteran of four shuttle missions and has logged more than 47 days in space. He served as pilot aboard the STS-91 mission in 1998, during which Discovery became the last shuttle to dock with the Russian space station Mir. Gorie also served as pilot on shuttle Endeavour for the STS-99 mission in 2000. On that flight, an international crew worked dual shifts to complete a mission that included mapping more than 47 million miles of the Earth's land surface.
Gorie was crew commander of shuttle Endeavour for the STS-108 mission, which delivered more than three tons of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station in 2001. He served as crew commander of shuttle Endeavour again in 2008 for the STS-123 mission to the space station. The mission delivered the Japanese Experiment Logistics Module and the Canadian-built Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator (Dextre) to the station
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