Kennedy News

Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center

Aug. 8, 2002
RELEASE : 73-02
Foster E. Anthony Jr. Honored By NASA Astronaut
Foster E. Anthony Jr., a former resident of Gallatin, Tenn., was recently presented with NASA's prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for service to the Space Shuttle astronauts.

Astronaut Doug Hurley presented the award to Anthony in May at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). Anthony is employed by NASA as an aerospace engineer. He joined the space agency in 1980. He is responsible for quality engineering evaluations and decisions relative to flight readiness for Space Shuttle missions. In particular, he is responsible for safety, reliability, and quality assurance operations for the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs). Anthony was honored for his outstanding contributions to the success of the SRB program.

"Your exceptional technical and leadership capabilities have ensured that flight safety, reliability, and quality assurance policy and requirements are met during SRB manufacturing and development," said Hurley. "You were instrumental in supporting the SRB cable anomaly resolution team on Space Shuttle mission STS-97. The exceptional manner in which you have carried out your responsibilities exceeds normal requirements and demonstrates pride in your work."

Anthony graduated from Gallatin High School, Gallatin, Tenn., in 1975. After high school, he went on to receive a bachelor degree in chemistry/biology from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., in 1979. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Foster E. Anthony, Sr., of Gallatin.

Anthony, and his wife, DaVonda, currently live in Orlando, Fla. They have two children, Tesleem Afolabi, 16, and Dominique Anthony, 11.

Anthony's other awards include the NASA Medal for Exceptional Achievement, the Kennedy Space Center Certificate of Appreciation, and numerous outstanding performance awards.

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 persons 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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