NASA honors four local Stennis employees

On June 28th, NASA’s Stennis Space Center honored four employees from our local communities with the prestigious Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Silver Snoopy award during an onsite ceremony.

Those honored included Mike Poland and Roger Flynt of Picayune, Latisha Ladner of Kiln, and Brandi McKinley of Henleyfield.

Mike Poland is a security guard for River Tech, LLC at Stennis. He was honored for vigilance and professionalism as the security officer for the test complex area, which significantly contributes to NASA’s mission success.

Mike Poland (left) with Karen Nyberg

Roger Flynt is an instrumentation technician with Aerojet Rocketdyne at Stennis. He was honored for his outstanding support of Stennis Space Center and of stage ground test instrumentation and development flight instrumentation for the RS-25 test project.

Roger Flynt (left) with Karen Nyberg

Latisha Ladner is a work performance analyst for Syncom Space Services at Stennis. She was honored for her dedication in processing work requests in support of all Stennis programs and projects for the test area, including space shuttle main engine, J-2X, Taurus, Blue Origin, A-2 clamshell, and RS-25 testing.

Latisha Ladner (right) and her family with Karen Nyberg

Brandi McKinley is a cost accountant with the NASA Shared Services Center at Stennis. She was honored for exemplary support and commitment to improving the financial management of the agency’s enterprise services information technology contracts and overall customer experience.

Brandi McKinley (right) and her family with Karen Nyberg

Astronaut Karen Nyberg presented awards to all four recipients which included a Silver Snoopy lapel pin flown on space shuttle Discovery during its STS-124 mission, along with a letter of commendation, and a certificate signed by Nyberg.

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