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NASA Space Flight Awareness Program Recognizes Three Local Stennis Employees

Stennis Space Center employees Pam Covington and Tabatha Butler of Picayune, and hilip Geraci of Carriere were recognized Sept. 18 by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program with an Honoree Award for outstanding support of human space flight.

Astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Randy Bresnik and Jeanette Epps, along with Stennis Associate Director John Bailey, presented the Honoree Awards during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Pam Covington (center in picture) is manager of the NASA Office of Communications at Stennis. She was honored for her outstanding leadership capabilities across various assignments and for providing necessary tools, support and oversight to ensure her team achieves mission success.

Tabatha Butler (center in picture) is the deputy program manager and science laboratory manager for A2Research at Stennis. She was honored for providing exemplary management oversight of the laboratories at Stennis and NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans.

Philip Geraci (center in picture) is a cable plant engineer for SaiTech, Inc. at Stennis. He was honored for sustained, outstanding support to customers while also assuring consistently high quality communications and cable plant services to NASA and resident agencies onsite.

In recognition of her flight program contributions, the three recipients traveled to Washington to tour Goddard Space Flight Center in nearby Greenbelt, Maryland, and the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum in Chantilly, Virginia.

They also attended a celebration of NASA’s 60th anniversary hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. NASA was established by President Dwight Eisenhower as a civilian space agency in 1958; it became operational Oct. 1 of that year.

NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes outstanding job performances and contributions by civil service and contract employees throughout the year and focuses on excellence in quality and safety in support of human spaceflight. The Honoree Award is one of the highest honors presented to employees for their dedication to quality work and flight safety. Recipients must have contributed beyond their normal work requirements toward achieving a particular human spaceflight program goal; contributed to a major cost savings; been instrumental in developing material that increases reliability, efficiency or performance; assisted in operational improvements; or been a key player in developing a beneficial process improvement.

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