Prestigious NASA Public Service Medals were presented to three Boeing [NYSE: BA] employees at the 2003 Honor Awards Ceremony held August 7 at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Presented by new Center Director Jim Kennedy and his predecessor Roy Bridges, the awards recognize both government and contractor employees for their unique contributions to the space agency. Less than 1 percent of the NASA contractor population receives this coveted award. Boeing recipients are:
Jim Chilton, CAPPS Mission Management & Utilization director, received the award for "exceptional leadership" in a successful bid to win NASA's Checkout, Assembly and Payload Processing Services Contract (CAPPS) in 2002.
Debbie Melvin, a Supplier Diversity administrator, recognized for "exceptional leadership to increase the level of small business participation in NASA's contracts and subcontracts."
Steve Townsend, honored for "sustained standard of excellence" in Boeing's leadership role in the construction of the International Space Station.
"These three individuals demonstrate excellence in their jobs every day," said Bruce Melnick, vice president of Boeing Florida Operations. "They set a great example for others to follow and deserve to be congratulated on their hard work and dedication."
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is one of the world's largest space and defense businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a $25 billion business. It provides systems solutions to its global military, government and commercial customers. It is a leading provider of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; the world's largest military aircraft manufacturer; the world's largest satellite manufacturer and a leading provider of space-based communications; the primary systems integrator for U.S. missile defense; NASA's largest contractor; and a global leader in launch services.