What do you do and what is most interesting about your role here at Goddard? How do you help support Goddard’s mission?
I am management’s representative and advise management on the Center’s Labor Relations Program. I also serve as the chief negotiator for negotiating new labor/management agreements. I also assist management in responding to formal grievances. Most of the time, we are able to settle any differences by mutual agreement. When we cannot reach agreement, we use a third party process to make a final decision.
Teamwork is most important when we are in negotiations. To be successful, you have to listen, understand, and be creative. The idea is to develop language which both sides will accept.
What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done as part of your job at Goddard?
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Ed Bohl near his office. Credit: NASA
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Patch memorializing the "around the world" trip for the first NASA science aircraft to do so. Credit: NASA
If you could meet and talk to anybody, living or dead, who would it be and what’s the first thing you’d ask them?
As a sports fanatic and big baseball fan, I’d like to talk to Babe Ruth. I’d ask him for a personal batting lesson and an autographed bat.
Is there someplace in the world that you want to visit or someplace you have been and want to go back?
I was in the Navy four years and then worked at Wallops Flight Facility as an aircraft flight mechanic for 12 years. Between these two jobs, I traveled to over 20 different countries. In July 1995, I was on the first NASA science aircraft to fly around the world. My favorite country was Ireland because my wife joined me and the people are extremely friendly.