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ASMDA was formed in 1995 in Huntsville as a nonprofit, nonpolitical educational and scientific organization.

Kathleen Smallwood, ASMDA committee chair, said that for the past 28 years, ASMDA has supported community events for veterans, presenting space and missile defense technical achievement and service excellence awards, providing scholarships for science, technology, engineering and math students, as well as, Space Camp scholarships, and exposing students to opportunities on Redstone Arsenal through Adventures in Engineering, all to enhance the workforce and help foster education for the next generation of youth.

“Our board and organization is formed by members of the community we serve, so we have a unique understanding of the hard work and amazing accomplishments happening around us daily,” Smallwood said. “ASMDA strives to foster communications and relationships between local government and industry activities responsible for air, space and missile defense and provide an organization that both benefit the industry professional and promote community civic interests and goals.

“An integral part of what we do is taking the time to help our community recognize the outstanding achievements of their members that share the same passion.”

During the luncheon, ASMDA presented 14 awards to Redstone members.

Technical Achievement Awards in the Government Individual Category were presented to NASA’s Gregory Jerman; Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office’s Ben Schmid; U.S. Army Futures Command’s Chief Warrant Officer 5 John Fallin; SMDC’s Mark Rader; and Missile Defense Agency’s Delphine Dal Cengio. 

“Most of the work I have done is really a reflection of a team effort. I just point the pack in the direction we need to travel,” Rader said. “Being recognized by ASMDA means other people and organizations, not just in my professional area of expertise, find a value in the work I and my multi-organization team do to help the warfighter both in the areas of missile defense and in the protection of the warfighter from improvised threats.

“While I am getting the award, the work I have led reflects more on a multi-organization, multi-service team effort building on skills from industrial partners and labs. It takes a multi-disciplinary team with very little ego to build a truly capable weapons technology. We can’t afford white knights in this game. I’m a reasonably bright person, but I miss things. By bringing together a team of other bright people they fill in the holes the others miss.”

Technical Achievement Awards in the Government Team Category were presented to MDA’s Project Convergence 22 Team; and Nanosat Testbed Initiative Technology Maturation Team.

A Technical Achievement Award in the Contractor Individual Category was presented to RCCTO’s Les Daniel.

Service Excellence Awards in the Government Individual Category were presented to MDA’s Michelle Stallings, David Denhard and Shane Rose.

A Service Excellence Award in the Contractor Individual Category was presented to RCCTO’s Tom Nguyen.

Service Excellence Awards in the Team Category were presented to MDA’s Flight Test THAAD Weapon System-21 Team; and SMDC Space and Missile Defense Center of Excellence’s Missile Defense Training Division Sensor Management and Ground-based Midcourse Defense Training Team.

“This prestigious Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association award recognizes the outstanding work being accomplished by the Space and Missile Defense School each and every day,” Timothy Bishop, SMDCoE director, said. “The fine people comprising the missile defense training team are exceptional at their jobs. Nothing of consequence will occur if you do not have great people leading the way. I greatly appreciate both our superb team, as well as ASMDA taking the opportunity to recognize this team’s great work.”