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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

RELEASE : 12-088
NASA's Marshall Center Honors Belvidere, Tenn., Native Barbara Feaster with Federal Women's 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Barbara Feaster, a native of Belvidere, Tenn., has received a Federal Women's Program 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., in commemoration of Women's Equality Day for outstanding supervisory achievement in inspiring and mentoring women under her leadership with a positive attitude.

Feaster is deputy manager of the Facilities Management Office in the Marshall Center's Office of Center Operations. Appointed to the position in October 2007, she supports the manager in leadership and direction in the offices of planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance. Feaster also provides administrative, technical supervision, human resource management functions, and budget development and execution for a complex variety of facilities activities and services essential to the accomplishment of Marshall and NASA mission success.

The Federal Women's Program 2011 Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize civil service employees in four categories -- professional, administrative, supervisory and clerical -- for exceptional service to the Marshall Center and the U.S. space program. Women's Equality Day is commemorated each year on Aug. 26 by proclamation of the president of the United States to honor women gaining the right to vote.

Feaster and three other honorees received their awards Aug. 16 during Marshall's Annual Honor Awards Ceremony where the center honored those who made significant achievements to NASA's mission at an agency level.

Feaster began her NASA career in 1990 as a project manager in the former Facilities Construction Office, where she managed primarily all renovations and modifications for the center’s administrative buildings. In 2003, she was promoted to team lead in that office.

From 1989 to 1990, Feaster was employed by the U.S. Army Missile Command in the Procurement Directorate at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. She provided technical assistance in contractor negotiations to the Procurement Directorate for price proposals and claims; prepared independent cost estimates and engineering analysis of man-hours and materials proposed by the contractor for missile hardware; and was responsible for formulating new positions for the government based upon analyzed data.

From 1984 to 1989, Feaster was an industrial engineer for the Amana Refrigeration Co. in Fayetteville, Tenn. As lead engineer with over seven years of engineering experience in manufacturing facilities, she was promoted to manager of time standards. She implemented and maintained Manufacturing Resource Planning System, and developed the labor standards for assembly and fabrication departments.

Prior to 1984, Feaster worked for four different manufacturing facilities as an industrial engineer, performing motion and time study analysis, setting production standards, quality control, determining job classifications for production and clerical positions, and working with marketing for product packaging designs.

Feaster earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1978. She also attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville and Motlow College in Lynchburg prior to transferring to UTK.

Feaster’s awards during her NASA career include a NASA Certificate of Appreciation in 2002 for her exceptional service in providing facilities project management in support of Marshall's facilities needs; and a Director’s Commendation Certificate in 1996 for her work and dedication for exemplary customer service, and minimum disruptions during modification to increase reliability and functionality within the Marshall Center's Building 4200 complex. She also is the recipient of numerous Sustained Superior Performance, Outstanding Performance, Group Achievement, Quality Step Increases and Special Service awards.

Feaster and her husband, Joe, originally from North Brunswick, N.J., have one grown daughter, Amber. Her parents are John and Bettye Warmbrod of Belvidere. Her father worked for NASA for over 30 years and retired in 1997.

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