Kennedy News

Allard Beutel
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Beth Dickey
Headquarters, Washington

Feb. 10, 2011
RELEASE : 06-11
NASA Presents Safety Award to Patricia Stratton
WASHINGTON -- NASA has presented its Quality and Safety Achievement Recognition, or QASAR, award for 2010 to Patricia J. Stratton of Merritt Island, Fla.

The QASAR award recognizes individual government and contractor employees who have demonstrated exemplary performance in contributing to the quality or safety of products, services, processes, or management programs and activities.

A NASA contractor employee of United Space Alliance, or USA, of Houston, Stratton received the award for devising a work force retention program that has enabled space shuttle workers to maintain their focus on safety and quality as that NASA program draws to a close.

Through the initiatives developed by Stratton, who is USA's associate program manager for ground operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, employees can take advantage of educational, financial and emotional assistance; specialized recognition and award programs; compensation packages designed to make use of their critical skills until the last shuttle flies and then ease their transition into other employment; and skills training and certification.

"We are extremely proud of Patty," said Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana. "She continuously sets the highest standards in Safety and Quality and effectively provides the leadership for the USA work force to meet them. Her genuine concern for the workers has enabled employees to remain focused on meeting and exceeding NASA's quality and safety goals during a challenging time of transition."

Stratton was recognized along with four other award recipients Feb. 10 at the agency's eighth annual Project Management Challenge in Long Beach, Calif.

For more information about the Quality and Safety Achievement Recognition award program, visit:


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