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Space Defense Professionals Receive Recognition

Members of the Space and Missile Defense Command received awards recognizing their work during the Air, Space and Missile Defense Association 27th annual membership luncheon May 13.

ASMDA presented achievement and service excellence awards in the air, space and missile defense fields to not only SMDC members, but other local government and contractor employees as well.

Jimmy Jenkins, the new ASMDA president, thanked those who attended.

“After a difficult pandemic, I am pleased and honored to be in-person and present for our annual awards luncheon,” Jenkins said. “These awards honor both government and industry technical service accomplishments and recognize exceptional achievement contributing to the development, test and deployment of air, space and missile defense.”

Lt. Gen. Daniel Karbler, SMDC commander, was the guest speaker at the ASMDA luncheon and recognized SMDC awardees.

“All the SMDC awardees, thanks for what you’re doing. It’s good to see your hard work come to fruition,” Karbler said.

ASMDA presented 18 awards, with two being from 2020 due to the pandemic. Five awards went to SMDC members.

The Technical Achievement awards in the Government Individual category went to SMDC’s Col. Todd Book and Maj. Jason DeLange.

Shanda Robinson with SMDC received the Service Excellence award in the Government Individual category.

“It is an absolute honor to receive the ASMDA award,” Robinson, the chief of financial management with the Technical Center, said. “For me, particularly navigating the last couple of years, the ASMDA award came at the most opportune time and was the affirmation I needed to let me know I’m on the right track in my career and doing what is expected supporting Technical Center.  This award is also a testament to the Technical Center and command’s commitment to the ‘people first’ mission.”

Ed Cotton and Kevin Creekmore, both with SMDC, also received the Service Excellence award in the Government Individual category.

“Being recognized for the award was not expected in any way, and I very much appreciate my supervisors considered submitting me for it,” said Cotton, an analyst with the Space and Missile Defense Center of Excellence. “Receiving the award says more about the quality of the people I have the pleasure to work with than anything I have personally accomplished.”

Creekmore, director, Test Directorate, Technical Center, said the award is a great honor.

“It was great to be recognized for the outstanding work performed by the SMDC Test Directorate. Providing targets and test execution services for missile defense and advanced hypersonic systems to verify new warfighter capability is always challenging but also very rewarding,” Creekmore said.

The Integrated Fires Mission Command Cyber Team received the 2020 Technical Achievement award in the Team category.

The 2021 Technical Achievement awards in the Team category went to the Missile Defense Agency’s Targets and Countermeasures Subscale Program Office Team, the Joint Missile Defense Agency and Intelligence Community Modeling Team, and the Defense of Guam Architecture Study Team (multiple agencies).

Michael Durham with the Missile Defense Agency, Christopher Sanders with the Missile and Space Intelligence Center and Dan Mitchell with the Marshall Space Flight Center all received the Technical Achievement award in the Government Individual category.

The Service Excellence award in the Team category went to the Missile Defense Agency At Sea Demonstration/Formidable Shield Flight Test Team.

Bradley Chassee and Alex von Spakovsky with the Missile Defense Agency received the Service Excellence award in the Government Individual category.

Emily Cantrell with Headquarters Department of the Army’s Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office also received the Service Excellence Award in the Government Individual category.