NASA Honors New Orleans’ Williams

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Stennis Space Center employee Raymond Williams of New Orleans receives the prestigious Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Silver Snoopy award from astronaut Karen Nyberg during a June 28 ceremony. Joining the presentation are wife Johnell and daughters Jai, Jayla and Rayne.

NEW ORLEANS – NASA’s Stennis Space Center employee Raymond Williams of New Orleans received the prestigious Space Flight Awareness (SFA) Silver Snoopy award June 28 during an onsite ceremony.

         Williams is an electrical engineer with Syncom Space Services at Stennis. He was honored for his exemplary work ethic and dedication in support of NASA’s spaceflight mission.

         Astronaut Karen Nyberg presented the award. Williams received a Silver Snoopy lapel pin flown on space shuttle Discovery during its STS-124 mission, along with a letter of commendation and certificate signed by Nyberg.

         Nyberg was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 2000. Following two years of training, she was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations branch, where she served as crew support astronaut for the Expedition 6 crew during their six-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). A veteran of two spaceflights, Nyberg served as a mission specialist on STS-124 and a flight engineer for Expedition 36/37 aboard the ISS. She accumulated 180 days in space over the course of the two missions.

         NASA’s SFA 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 SFA Silver Snoopy Award is the astronauts’ personal award and is presented to less than one percent of the total NASA workforce annually. The award is presented by a member of the astronaut corps representing its core principles for outstanding flight safety and mission success.

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