NASA, Marshall Recognize ‘Extraordinary’ Team Members at Annual Honor Awards

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NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, today at its 2016 Honor Awards ceremonies recognized more than 280 Marshall employees, contractors and teams who supported a variety of programs, projects and activities for Marshall and NASA in 2015-16.
 
“I’m honored to work with a team of this caliber,” said Marshall Center Director Todd May as he welcomed the honorees and their families to the ceremony. “Because of you, I know the challenge of the journey to Mars is solvable. It is very hard, but step-by-step we’re solving it everyday.”
 
The nation’s journey to Mars inspired this year’s awards ceremony theme — “Exceptional Journey. Extraordinary People.” The theme, according to May, summed up the not only the award ceremony, but Marshall and its workforce as well. 
 
“Across the center, the exceptional journey that excites and inspires our world is enabled by the extraordinary people honored here today,” he said. “You set an example for everyone around you — here at Marshall, in the community and around the nation.” 
 
Stephen G. Jurczyk, the associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, delivered the keynote address. “Marshall Space Flight Center is playing an elemental role in enabling the technologies and capabilities for this journey to Mars,” Jurczyk said. “Today we are designing and building the capabilities to send humans farther into the solar system than ever before. And I’m really proud of the progress the agency is making. The road to Mars definitely goes through Huntsville, Alabama.”
 
“Marshall innovators solve America’s toughest aerospace challenges, it’s such an exciting time to be working here,” he said. “With new destinations and discoveries everyday, we are pushing the boundaries of human spaceflight farther from Earth than ever be, and the exceptional journey to these destinations is fueled by the extraordinary people of NASA, like those being honored here today.”
 
NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the highest honor the agency gives to its civil service employees and other federal workers, were presented to retired Marshall Center Director Patrick E. Scheuermann and retired Deputy Director Teresa Vanhooser.  Distinguished Service Medals honor individuals whose personal contributions have profoundly aided NASA’s mission and the interests of the United States.
 
Scheuermann and Stephen F. Cash, of Marshall’s Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, were awarded thePresidential Rank of Meritorious Executive. The award, awarded by the president of the United States, recognizes outstanding Senior Executive Service members who have exhibited exceptional achievements for an extended period of time.
 
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, reflecting exceptional leadership of NASA technical or administrative programs, were presented to Stanley W. Tieman, Majid K. Babai, Steven P. Durham and Joseph L. Pirani of the Engineering Directorate; James L. Reuter and Jody A. Singer of the Office of the Director; Daniel M. Schumacher and Joanne M. Terek of the Science and Technology Office; Allen S. Bacskay of the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office; Robert H. Rutherford Jr. of the Office of Center Operations; Rhega C. Gordon of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer; David L. Meyer of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate; Johnny L. Heflin of the Space Launch System Program Office; and Michael H. Kynard of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, which is managed by Marshall.
 
Billy R. Cannon, URS Federal Services of Huntsville, supporting Marshall’s Office of Center Operations, received the NASA Outstanding Public Leadership Medal. The award honors non-government employees for noteworthy accomplishments significantly influencing NASA’s mission.
 
NASA Exceptional Service Medals, awarded to civil service employees for sustained performance and multiple contributions to NASA programs, projects or initiatives, were presented to Hugh C. Dischinger, Lorna G. Jackson, Nelson C. Parker, Russel A. Parks and Carlos A. Velez of the Engineering Directorate; Laura L. Groce, Lisa A. Martin and Vanessa P. Suggs of the Office of Human Capital; Jonathan W. Cirtain, Virginia B. Garrison and Cheryl H. Erdner (retired) of the Science and Technology Office; Annette M. Sledd of the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office; Robert T. Mathis of the Office of Center Operations; Johnny F. Stephenson of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications; Christopher K. Cowart of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate; and Christopher M. Crumbly of the Space Launch System Program Office.
 
Receiving NASA Exceptional Public Service Medals were Warren Imker, Qualis Corp. of Huntsville, and Sherry S. Martin, METTS, supporting the Engineering Directorate; Kenneth P. Hale, MacAulay-Brown, Inc., of Huntsville, supporting the Science and Technology Office; Leesa Hubbard, Sally Ride Science of La Jolla, California, supporting the Office of Human Capital; and John R. Tapp, Dynetics Technical Services of Huntsville, supporting the Office of Center Operations. These public service medals are presented to non-government employees for sustained performance and multiple contributions to NASA programs, projects or initiatives.
 
NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals, awarded to civil service employees for significant, special contributions to NASA’s mission, were presented to Shawn P. Breeding, Amy S. Epps, Michael P. Lau, Mark N. Rogers, Matthew W. Marsh and Cynthia Chapman (retired) of the Engineering Directorate; Chad B. Bryant, Stephen D. Creech and Kathleen C. Matus of the Space Launch System Program Office; Melinda K. De La Cruz and James E. Lee of the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office; Harlan J. Haight and Todd A. Holloway of the Science and Technology Office; Timothy D. Austin of the Office of Center Operations; Katie V. Wallace of the Office of Human Capital; David A. Iosco of the Office of Procurement; Jennifer M. Stanfield of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications; and Michael L. Haynes of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate.
 
Benjamin S. Burger, Dynamics Concepts Inc. of Huntsville, supporting the Engineering Directorate; Lisa J. Hall, AI Signal Research of Huntsville, supporting the Office of Human Capital; Karen K. Owens, Victory Solutions of Huntsville, supporting the  Space Launch System Program Office; Amanda B. Rice of the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office; Donald W. Robinson, Aetos Systems, Inc. of Huntsville, supporting the Office of Center Operations; and John W. Tonglet Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Pasadena, California, supporting the Michoud Assembly Facility, received the NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal, awarded for significant, special contributions to NASA’s mission by non-government team members.
 
NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medals, reflecting outstanding engineering accomplishments aiding NASA’s mission, were presented to Morgan B. Abney, Paul S. Kinard and Christopher I. Morris of the Engineering Directorate and Mark V. Vaccaro of the Space Launch System Program Office.
 
The NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal — awarded for exceptional scientific contributions toward achievement of the NASA mission — was awarded to Amy R. Winebarger of the Science and Technology Office. 
 
Trent H. Griffin and Cindy C. Spidel of the Engineering Directorate received the NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal, awarded to individuals for outstanding achievement and material contribution to the principles and goals of NASA’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Programs.
 
Receiving NASA Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medals — reflecting significant achievements or contributions by civil service or non-government clerical or administrative assistants — were Rita N. McDole of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity and Melody T. Parrish, Hanks, Hanks and Associates of Washington, D.C., supporting the Engineering Directorate.
 
Additional awards presented to Marshall team members included 11 NASA Early Career Achievement Medals; 24 NASA Silver Achievement Medals; 31 NASA Group Achievement Awards; two NASA Exceptional Technology Medals; four Federal Women’s Program Outstanding Achievement Awards; two NASA Innovation Awards; 40 Marshall Center Director’s Commendation Honor Awards; 19 Marshall Innovation Awards; 40 Marshall Certificates of Appreciation Honor Awards; 36 Marshall Group Achievement Honor Awards; 28 Marshall Center Patent Awards; five Marshall Research and Technology Awards; five Marshall Technology Transfer Awards; 10 Marshall Patent Awards and the Marshall Invention of the Year Award.
 
For a complete list of NASA award recipients, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/about/star/nasa-honor-awards-2016.html
 
For a complete list of Marshall award recipients, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/about/star/msfc-honor-awards-2016.html
 
Learn more about the Marshall Center, its mission and its workforce at:
http://www.nasa.gov/marshall

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