Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center

May 8, 2002
RELEASE : 40-02
Dann E. Oakland Honored By NASA Astronaut
Dann E. Oakland, a former resident of DeKalb, Ill., was recently presented with NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for service to the Space Shuttle astronauts.

Astronaut Kent Rominger presented the award to Oakland in March at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Oakland joined NASA in 1995 and serves as a Special Agent in the NASA Security Office. He is responsible for astronaut and Space Shuttle security.

Oakland was honored for his patience, determination, and the ability to deal with a variety of issues to ensure flight crew security and safety at KSC.

"Your tireless efforts were instrumental in providing increased security measures to ensure astronaut safety during the STS-95 Space Shuttle mission in which Senator John Glenn was a crew member and the STS-108 Space Shuttle mission, the first Space Shuttle flight after Sept. 11," said Rominger. "The exceptional manner in which you have carried out your responsibilities exceeds normal requirements and demonstrates pride in your work."

Oakland graduated from DeKalb Senior High School, DeKalb, Ill., in 1974. He is the son of Donn E., and Shirley E. Oakland, of DeKalb.

Oakland, and his wife, the former Dianna L. Gibbs, currently reside in Titusville, Fla . Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gibbs, also live in Dekalb.

Snoopy of the comic strip "Peanuts" has been the unofficial mascot of NASA's astronaut corps since the earliest days of human space flight. The Silver Snoopy Award was created by the astronauts to honor individuals who contribute most to the safety and success of human space flight.

The award is presented to no more than 1 percent of the space center's work force each year. Recipients are given a silver pin depicting the famous beagle wearing a space suit. All the pins have flown on a previous Space Shuttle mission. The awardees also receive a framed certificate and a congratulatory letter signed by the presenting astronaut.


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