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John Glenn helps honor Boeing Space Exploration Employees

About the Space Flight Awareness Program

The Space Flight Awareness program is a NASA-managed motivational program. Its purpose is to ensure every employee involved in human spaceflight is aware of the importance of their role in promoting safety, quality and mission success. The program also conducts events that motivate and recognize the workforce and enhance employee morale.

John Glenn Honoring Boing Employees at Kennedy Space Center

Pictured (from left) are David Haysbrook, Jay Balzer, Tom Livengood and John Glenn during the Space Flight Awareness recognition event at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., on Feb. 18.

During a salute to the orbital flights of the Mercury program on Feb. 18 at Kennedy Space Center’s 50th Anniversary celebration, John Glenn acknowledged three Boeing Space Exploration employees for their outstanding support to the human spaceflight program

David Haysbrook, a Boeing technician for the Maintenance & Fabrication branch of NASA’s Spacecraft Services Depot, was recognized for his notable contributions, dedication, work ethic and technical expertise. For example, he led an initiative to reduce the depot's residual parts inventory by 2,500 line items. Haysbrook’s consistent and exceptional performance and enthusiasm have been main drivers for the depot’s success and customer appreciation.

Jay Balzer, a mechanical engineer working in the design group for the Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services program, was a significant contributor to the space flight program for his quality and design excellence. Among those contributions, he modified an existing International Space Station rotation dolly to measure weight for the Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System and flight hardware to re-supply oxygen and nitrogen to the space station. This reuse of existing equipment saved significant costs over developing a new piece of ground support equipment.

Tom Livengood, a systems engineer managing multiple projects for the Support Equipment design group, recently led the modification of the ammonia-servicing equipment in the Vapor Containment Facility as part of the Mars Science Lab mission preparations at Kennedy Space Center. He also supported the Mars Science Lab team with laboratory space in the Space Station Processing Facility by ensuring all the necessary upgrades were made to the facility, including electrical modifications and the installation of a state-of-the-art water purification system.

By Susan Wells