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Air Force recognizes key NOAA contributors

Courtesy photo National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel earned Meritorious Civilian Service and Exemplary Civilian Service Awards during a ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Suitland, Maryland. They were recognized for a variety of accomplishments, from the launch of DMSP Flight-19 to ushering a 19-year-old satellite past 100,000 operational orbits, all while achieving a more than 99 percent mission success rate for the constellation.
Courtesy photo National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel earned Meritorious Civilian Service and Exemplary Civilian Service Awards during a ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Suitland, Maryland. They were recognized for a variety of accomplishments, from the launch of DMSP Flight-19 to ushering a 19-year-old satellite past 100,000 operational orbits, all while achieving a more than 99 percent mission success rate for the constellation.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration personnel earned Meritorious Civilian Service and Exemplary Civilian Service Awards during a ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Suitland, Maryland. They were recognized for a variety of accomplishments, from the launch of DMSP Flight-19 to ushering a 19-year-old satellite past 100,000 operational orbits, all while achieving a more than 99 percent mission success rate for the constellation.

50th Operations Group Detachment 1

SUITLAND, Md.  —  Since 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed a Presidential Decision Directive decreeing the Air Force, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA work together on environmental satellite monitoring, the three agencies have endeavored to meet the weather data needs of the nation.

The Air Force and NOAA work in lockstep to accomplish the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program mission every day, with the Air Force providing the oversight and NOAA conducting vital launch operations, day-to-day satellite operations and engineering support to provide American warfighters the weather data they need to successfully carry out combat operations.

Because of the tremendous job NOAA has provided in supporting this crucial Department of Defense mission, the Air Force sought to recognize the outstanding NOAA contributors to recent DMSP mission milestones. NOAA personnel were recognized for a variety of accomplishments, from the launch of DMSP Flight-19 to ushering a 19-year-old satellite past 100,000 operational orbits, all while achieving a more than 99 percent mission success rate for the constellation.

Col. DeAnna M. Burt, 50th Space Wing commander, and Vanessa Griffin, director of the Office of Satellite Products and Operations for NOAA, presented the awards.

Meritorious Civilian Service Award:

Robert Finson

Kimberly McCarty

Michael Tomlinson

Exemplary Civilian Service Award:

Andrew Adkins

Todd Brooks

Daniel Brown Jr.

Brenda Cumbie

Toby Hutchings

Paul Infuso

Gary McBrien

James Mussmann

Viha Nguyen

Gregg Parent

Ronald Penn

James Ray

Zoe Treuer

Manuel Valenzuela

Brian Walling

Michael Warren

Steven Zegalia

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