Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center

Aug. 8, 2002
RELEASE : 72e-02
Garrison M. Thompson Honored For Role In Space Program
Garrison M. Thompson, a native of Lexington, Ky., was among 52 Kennedy Space Center (KSC) employees who were honored for their exemplary work at the nation's spaceport.

At KSC, Thompson is employed by Lockheed Martin Space Operations. He is responsible for leading the system integration and testing for the new Checkout and Launch Control System (CLCS) project. He also serves as a liaison to the NASA systems engineering and NASA quality engineering departments at KSC, and the Independent Validation and Verification Facility in Wheeling, W.V. He joined KSC in 1991.

The Honoree Award is the highest form of recognition bestowed upon an employee by the NASA Space Flight Awareness Program. The 52 employees selected were part of a contingent of 250 NASA and industry employees from throughout the space agency being honored for their professional dedication and outstanding achievement in support of the human spaceflight program.

The Honorees were given a VIP tour of Kennedy Space Center and attended a special reception. Honoring them were several astronauts and senior NASA and industry officials of the Space Shuttle and International Space Station team. The Honorees also watched the STS-111 launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from a special viewing site on June 5, 2002.

Thompson graduated in 1981 from 9th & O Baptist Private High School, Louisville, Ky. He received a bachelor degree in aviation management from Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla., in 1989. He earned a master's degree in systems management in 1993 from Florida Institute of Technology.

Thompson and his wife, Janet, also a KSC employee, currently live in Cocoa, Fla. His mother, Earnestine Thompson resides in Augusta, Ga.

Kennedy Space Center is the launch site and preferred landing site for NASA's Space Shuttles. STS-111 was the fourteenth Space Shuttle flight dedicated to the International Space Station.


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