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Jamison to Receive Prestigious Debus Award

By SpaceRef Editor
March 21, 2011
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CAPE CANAVERAL, FL, March 21, 2011 – Jerry A. Jamison, vice president of Launch Operations for United Launch Alliance (ULA), has been selected by the National Space Club Florida Committee to receive its 2011 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award. Jamison will be honored at the Debus Award Dinner on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The formal event, which begins at 6:30 pm, will be held at the Debus Conference Facility at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Visitor Complex.

“The Space Club is proud to honor Jerry for this prestigious award,” said National Space Club Chair Dr. Stephen Feldman. “Jerry has over 27 years of service to our nation’s space program including both Air Force and NASA payloads and currently leads over 1,000 Cape and Vandenberg employees. His dedication and influence in our space program is exemplary.”

The Debus Award was created by the National Space Club Florida Committee to recognize significant achievements and contributions made in Florida to American aerospace efforts. It is named for KSC’s first Director, Dr. Kurt H. Debus.

In his role as ULA Launch Operations Vice President, Jamison leads more than 1,000 employees at launch sites at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. He is responsible for integrating the launch services for ULA’s three launch vehicles, the Atlas V, Delta II and Delta IV and associated product lines.

With over 27 years of space-related program experience serving multiple customers, Jamison has led engineering teams in numerous launch systems including both Air Force and NASA payloads. Prior to this assignment, Jamison served as Atlas Program Launch Operations director responsible for all aspects of launch operations for both coasts. Jamison, before re-joining the Atlas program, served as the avionics manager for Titan Centaur Program in Denver. He held this position throughout the Titan Program flyout in 2005. This was preceded by his serving as Launch Operations manager for Titan IV Centaur vehicles at Cape Canaveral where he managed the first flight of the Titan IVB and launched NASA’s Cassini vehicle in 1997. During this time, he managed personnel on a variety of launch vehicle programs including Titan IV Centaur, Atlas Centaur and Shuttle Centaur designs. This involved engineering, integration and planning necessary to process different vehicle designs through the Kennedy Space Center facilities and United States Air Force launch complex facilities such as Space Launch Complexes 36, 40 and 41.

Jamison has received numerous awards and recognitions including Lockheed Martin Space System Company’s Mentor of the Year in 2001, graduated from the Defense Systems Management College’s Advance Program Acquisition Management course in 1999 and received Lockheed Martin’s Space System Company Technical Excellence Award in 1995, 1997 and 1998.

Jamison was also a major contributor to the development of Lockheed Martin Corporation’s 2004 program management 301 course taught to senior program manager across the company.

Jamison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida. He is an active member community member serving on the Board of Directors for Space Coast Junior Achievement, Brevard Community College, the National Space Club, United Way and the Spacewalk of Fame. He is also a member the Space Coast Civilian/Military (CivMil) organization.

Jamison and his wife Karin reside in Melbourne. They have four children: Scott, Kalie, Melissa and Kyle.

The Debus award was conceived and first presented in 1990 as an adjunct to the Robert J. Goddard award, given each year by the National Space Club in Washington, D.C. to an individual who stood out in the aerospace field on a national level. The Award focuses on efforts in Florida and includes individuals associated with launch vehicles, spacecraft operations, ground support services, range activities, space education and spaceport research and development. Each honoree is presented with a copy of the Debus Award Trophy, a stainless steel kinetic sculpture dubbed “Ribbon of Space” by its contemporary artist creator Elijah David Herschler.

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