Young Alumna Receives Silver Snoopy Award
The Snoopy award is one of the highest and most prestigious honors sponsored by NASA's Office of Space Flight. The award is reserved for astronauts' to personally express thanks to employees for their significant contributions to flight safety and mission success. Awardees receive a Silver Snoopy pin designed for the astronaut corps by the late Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip. The Silver Snoopy pin signifies that the recipient is regarded among the best in their profession. The award also includes a framed certificate of appreciation.
At the award ceremony at the Gilruth Center at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX on December 9, Jayleen was presented with the pin that flew on space shuttle mission STS-34 by astronaut Ellen Baker along with a framed letter of commendation which stated:
"On behalf of all the astronauts, this letter is to express our appreciation for your contributions to NASA's space programs in your position as the Deputy Subsystem Manager for the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). You have provided technical expertise and leadership on the EMU system through real-time mission support, failure investigation and anomaly resolution activities, as well as day-to-day operations. Your support has resulted in all the successful EVA's in the assembly of the International Space Station.
Thanks for the outstanding support you have provided us through the high quality of your work. We in the flight end of the business know that the success of each space mission depends upon the skill and dedication of people such as you, who are willing to accept nothing short of perfection in getting the job done.
As a symbol of our appreciation, please accept the astronauts' Silver Snoopy award for professional excellence. We hope you will wear it with deserved pride, knowing that it is given only to those few individuals we regard as the best in their profession. Your Silver Snoopy was flown on STS-34"
After the presentation, Jayleeen said, “Since I began my career at NASA as a Purdue cooperative education student, I have always held the utmost respect for recipients of the Silver Snoopy award. It is with great honor that I receive this award and the recognition it bestows from NASA' s astronauts and my peers."
Photo at left - astronaut Ellen Baker pins on Jayleen's Silver Snoopy Award
Photo at right - L ~ R Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger (Astronaut), Ellen Baker (Astronaut), Jayleen Guttromson (Awardee), Theresa Guttromson (Mother), Palmer Guttromson (Father), and Wayne Hale (Deputy Associate Administrator of Strategic Partnerships).
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