May 4, 2019 – Systems Engineer Greg Plettinck received NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for outstanding support of NASA in his role as ascent room coordinator for the upcoming Atlas V Starliner missions.
Plettinck received the award on April 30 from Eric Boe, chief of NASA’s astronaut office, and Boeing astronaut Christopher Ferguson during a town hall event in Denver. NASA’s Silver Snoopy Award is presented by astronauts to aerospace industry professionals for outstanding performance that contributes to mission success. Less than 1 percent of aerospace professionals are honored with the award annually, making it a special honor to receive this award.
In the nomination, Boe articulated that Plettinck’s leadership and comprehensive training plan for the ascent team was critical in preparation for upcoming flight tests. In addition, Plettinck’s attention to detail and dedication has created a realistic training environment to sharpen the skills of both the ground teams and the astronauts.
“The flight crew recognize that the success of each mission is measured by the dedication to excellence and teamwork of people such as you,” said Boe. “Your efforts have demonstrated that you are a vital link in the success of our space programs and we thank you for your contributions.”
Plettinck accepted the Silver Snoopy pin along with a certificate and commendation letter in front of colleagues and said he was surprised and humbled to receive the prestigious award.
“I think of the flight crew as part of my family and conduct all of my tasks with them in mind. It feels like everything comes full circle. The last Space Shuttle mission I worked on was STS-133 before getting hired at ULA, the very flight that this Silver Snoopy pin flew on,” Plettinck said. “I am grateful to ULA, Boeing, and NASA for the opportunity to contribute to the safety and success of human spaceflight.”