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Stennis Space Center Employees Receive 2017 NASA Honor Awards

Stennis Space Center employees from Mississippi were recently recognized for their work at the Annual NASA Honor Awards.

NASA’s Outstanding Leadership Medal:

Robert S. Harris was recognized for for progressive leadership as procurement officer and senior procurement official at Stennis. Harris is responsible for overseeing a $4.7 billion acquisition management program and supporting more than 40 resident agencies of the Stennis federal city. He is noted for innovative procurement and high-impact savings strategies, model leadership and exceptional contributions to the business and cultural success of Stennis and NASA.

NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal:

Randall R. Canady (retired) of Ocean Springs, was honored for contributions in project construction and management at Stennis, including as chief of the Project Management Division in the Engineering and Test Directorate. Canady joined NASA in 1991. At Stennis, he assisted in the identification of priorities for the revitalization and sustainment of propulsion test facilities and infrastructure, including enhancements for safety and operability. His achievements helped advance NASA mission goals and heighten Stennis’ reputation as a world-class facility.

Andrew L. Clarke of Long Beach was honored for 31 years of service at Stennis including as a project engineer, project manager, facilities manager and real property accountable officer. Clarke has worked on – and often led – more than 40 high-visibility projects that have impacted both Stennis activities and physical landscape. He has contributed to the center with achievements and influence in construction projects, refurbishment projects, public outreach and mentoring

Randolph R. Holland (retired) of Picayune was honored for more than 32 years of service as a project manager at Stennis. Holland began his NASA career as a data and control systems engineer. He led recovery and mitigation projects at Stennis following Hurricane Katrina and provided exceptional leadership and management of other critical site projects as well. His achievements have helped to advance propulsion test quality and capabilities at Stennis.

Steven W. Taylor of Pass Christian was honored for his work as a NASA senior procurement analyst and senior contracting officer at Stennis. Since 2008, he has made exceptional contributions, particularly in procurement guidance and support on a number of high-profile projects. Taylor also has provided strategic support and leadership regarding small businesses. He has made key contributions to produce millions of contract dollar savings annually and is recognized as a consummate acquisitions professional.

Charles M. Willis (retired) of Bay St. Louis was honored for l for his 26 years of service in design and construction project management at Stennis. Willis was recognized as the authority on the Stennis high-voltage electrical distribution system and is credited with ensuring its reliable operation and maintenance through solution-oriented leadership and inspiring others to perform at optimal levels. Willis also served as the contracting officer representative for a variety of Stennis projects.

» NASA Early Career Achievement Medal:

Jeanne M. Koger of Diamondhead was honored for her work as a NASA attorney at Stennis. In that role, Koger has displayed an uncommon level of legal and business expertise to become an authoritative source on a myriad of issues. She also has ensured regulatory deadlines are met in such areas as ethics training and conflict-of-interest financial reporting. Koger has proven a champion of diversity and inclusion efforts at Stennis as well.

Casey S. Wheeler of Gulfport was honored for for his work as a NASA project manager at Stennis. In that role, Wheeler has consistently demonstrated the drive and commitment necessary to ensure Stennis’ mission success, an attention to detail and a quick mastery of construction processes. Wheeler has been recognized for exceptional contributions on a number of major infrastructure and construction projects at Stennis.

» NASA Silver Achievement Medal:

Jennifer R. Rolison of Gulfport was honored for her contributions as the NASA team lead for procurement support services at Stennis. Responsible for a multitude of tasks, Rolison leads a team that provides stellar support to NASA Office of Procurement operations. She is recognized as a premier system analyst and has been lauded for her problem-solving skills and expertise. She also has provided expert training on various systems and is noted for her attention to detail and very high level of accuracy and efficiency.

The R-4403 Expansion Leadership Team was honored for leadership and their technical expertise and guidance in helping Stennis Space Center win approval for an expansion of its restricted airspace to support both NASA and U.S. Navy missions on site. Approval required coordination across NASA, Navy and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) offices, as well as meeting various environmental and operational requirements. Among those recognized members of the leadership team was FAA representative Benjamin Baughmann of Tylertown, Mississippi.

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