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January 23, 2013

Vantage Employee, Dwayne Kiefer, Awarded NASA Silver Snoopy Award

On January 18, 2013, at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, Vantage Partners’ employee Dwayne Kiefer was awarded the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award by astronaut Doug Wheelock for his service to NASA.

Dwayne was awarded the Silver Snoopy Award in appreciation of his exemplary dedication, technical excellence, and leadership as the manager of external interfaces for the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Testbed project.  Dwayne Kiefer personally forged new relationships with other NASA centers which enabled the project to save over $100,000 in equipment costs, reduce impact to the critical path, and provide integration products of exceptional quality to the ISS Program and the JAXA HTV-II Program. 

The Silver Snoopy award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. The award depicts Snoopy, a character from the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz. The award consists of a sterling silver "Silver Snoopy" lapel pin flown during a NASA mission, a commendation letter (stating the mission the Silver Snoopy pin was flown on) and a signed, framed Silver Snoopy certificate. Snoopy decals and posters are also given to the recipient. It is presented at the workplace of the recipient with the recipient's coworkers present.

To meet the criteria for this award, the individual's work must relate to flight safety or mission success. Job performance must be outstanding to distinguish the individual in his or her particular area of responsibility and it must make a meaningful contribution to flight safety or mission success. This coveted award has been presented to less than one percent of the NASA workforce.