- Press Release
- Sep 28, 2022
NASA’s Marshall Center Honors Team Members’ Contributions to NASA’s Mission
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, today held its 2014 Honor Awards ceremonies, recognizing more than 240 individuals and members of nearly 90 teams who supported a variety of programs, projects and activities for Marshall and NASA in 2013-14.
Those honored, said Marshall Center Director Patrick Scheuermann, “exemplify the dedication, drive and innovation that underpin all our work at NASA and Marshall and help to ensure success for the agency’s continuing mission of discovery and exploration.”
Scheuermann welcomed award recipients and their guests, and introduced NASA Associate Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who delivered the keynote address and joined Marshall leaders in presenting awards. Lightfoot is a former Marshall director himself, having led the center from 2009-2012.
NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the highest honor the agency gives to its civil service employees and other federal workers, were presented to Maj. Gen. Lynn Collyar, retired former commanding general of the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command in Huntsville; and Steven D. Pearson, deputy director of Marshall’s Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. Distinguished Service Medals honor individuals whose personal contributions have profoundly aided NASA’s mission and the interests of the United States.
Receiving NASA Distinguished Public Service Medals, the highest honor the agency awards to non-government workers, were Dr. John C. Gregory, professor of chemistry and director of theAlabama Space Grant Consortium at the University of Alabama in Huntsville; Thomas Hancock, past chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Greater Huntsville section; and Matthew N. Ramsey, a Jacobs ESSSA Group system engineer supporting Marshall’s Engineering Directorate. Distinguished Public Service Medals are awarded to individuals whose personal acts of service, ability or vision have contributed to NASA’s advancement of national interests.
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, reflecting exceptional leadership of NASA technical or administrative programs, were presented to Jack C. Boaz, Melanie C. Gregory, Daniel W. Mitchell, Christopher G. Popp, Patrick R. Rogers, Timothy P. Vaughn and John H. Vickers of Marshall’s Engineering Directorate; Stacy M. Counts and Paul A. Gilbert of the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office; Ela M. Washington of the Office of Human Capital; and Marshall Chief Financial Officer William R. Hicks.
Jacqueline Gorzynski, a retired program manager for Will Technology Inc. of Huntsville, formerly supporting Marshall’s Office of Human Capital, 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 Edward A. Ahmad, Elbert F. Davis, Julian S. Hamilton Jr., and Edward H. Kiessling of Marshall’s Office of Center Operations; Joe D. Davis, Timothy T. Gautney, Albert S. Johnston, Kirby G. Lawless (retired) and James E. Turner of the Engineering Directorate; Stephanie B. Lacy-Conerly and Alex S. Priskos of the Space Launch System Program Office; Martin L. Johnson, James H. Rogers and David J. Spacek of the Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate; Paulette A. Davy and Jeffrey S. Ehmen of the Office of Human Capital; Anita G. Webster of the Office of the Chief Information Officer; Jimmy W. Black of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications; and Malcolm W. Wood of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.
Receiving NASA Exceptional Public Service Medals were John N. Fowler and Jeffrey N. Oliver of Jacobs ESSSA in Huntsville; Robert E. Fudickar of Jacobs Technology Inc. in Huntsville; Barbara A. Maples of COLSA Corp. in Huntsville; Kent D. Schock of Bastion Technologies Inc. of Houston; Eloise Watson-Jackson of AQuate Corp. in Huntsville; Michael D. Ward of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce; and Kelli L. Wright of the Marshall Child Development Center. 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 Philip A. Benefield, John R. Calhoun, Alicia S. Carroll, Daniel J. Dorney, Robin C. Ferebee, Joseph L. Gaines, Donald W. Holder Jr. and Angela L. Marsh of the Engineering Directorate; Helen J. Cole, Brent A. Harper and Jeffery A. Kolodziejczak of the Science and Technology Office; Danny W. Harris and Yancy B. Young of the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office; Van L. Strickland and Robert D. Woods of the Space Launch System Program Office; Michael W. Haynes of the Office of Center Operations; Sharon Y. Wright of the Office of the Chief Information Officer; Tyler C. Cochran of the Office of Procurement; Lindsey J. Ingram of the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communications; and Cynthia A. Spraul of the Michoud Assembly Facility.
Deborah M. Mynatt of Marshall Logistics Support Services, supporting the Office of Center Operations, 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 Andrew J. Cecil, William J. Downs, Michael R. Hannan, James C. Knox and Douglas N. Wells of the Engineering Directorate; and Robin J. Osborne of Jacobs ESSSA, supporting the Engineering Directorate.
Receiving NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medals, honoring outstanding scientific contributions that support NASA’s mission, were David H. Hathaway of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California; and Amy R. Winebarger of Marshall’s Science and Technology Office.
A NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal, honoring new or advanced technological contributions supporting NASA’s mission, was presented to Terry L. Taylor of Marshall’s Science and Technology Office.
Receiving NASA Exceptional Administrative Achievement Medals — reflecting significant achievements or contributions by civil service or non-government clerical or administrative assistants — were Nancy C. Andrews and Anna R. Bevels of Deltha-Critique in New Orleans, supporting Marshall’s Office of the Director and the Office of Center Operations, respectively.
Cedreck Davis, energy and water program manager in the Facilities Engineering Office of Marshall’s Office of Center Operations, was honored with the NASA Environment and Energy Awards Program’s “Blue Marble” award for 2014 — recognizing individuals and teams who have made significant accomplishments in energy efficiency, water conservation or renewable energy.
Additional awards presented to Marshall team members included 11 NASA Early Career Achievement Medals; 34 NASA Silver Achievement Medals; 42 NASA Group Achievement Awards; three Federal Women’s Program Outstanding Achievement Awards; 40 Marshall Center Director’s Commendation Honor Awards; 40 Marshall Certificates of Appreciation Honor Awards; 30 Marshall Group Achievement Honor Awards; 32 Marshall Center Patent Awards; eight Marshall Research and Technology Awards; five Marshall Technology Transfer Awards; and one Marshall Center Software of the Year Award.
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