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Air Force recognizes key NOAA contributors

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. (Courtesy photo)

SUITLAND, Md. -- Since 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed a Presidential Decision Directive decreeing that 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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