Personnel News: January 2010 Archives

NASA Names New Wallops Flight Facility Director

"NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named William Wrobel as director of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Va., and director of the center's Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate. This directorate manages the agency's sounding rockets and scientific balloon programs."

Boeing Layoffs at KSC

Boeing Lays Off 36 Employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, SpaceRef

"The Boeing Company, part of both the United Space Alliance and United Launch Alliance has laid off a total of some 36 of its employees at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. These employees run the range from general support personnel to engineers. The employees were given two month notices. Boeing has hundreds of employees that work in the shuttle program, most of whom will lose their jobs when the shuttles are mothballed. More layoffs will happen in the spring and again in the fall."

Cocaine at KSC

Cocaine found in shuttle work area, NASA says, Space.com

"NASA is investigating how a small amount of cocaine ended up in a space shuttle hangar at the agency's Florida spaceport. A bag containing the cocaine residue was discovered in the space shuttle Discovery's hangar at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The hangar, known as the Orbiter Processing Facility, is a restricted zone for shuttle workers only."

NASA Investigates Illegal Substance Found in Shuttle Hangar, NASA KSC

"NASA has launched an extensive investigation after a small amount of cocaine was found in a restricted area of the processing hangar for shuttle Discovery at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. There are no indications the incident has impacted Discovery's readiness for its planned launch in March."

NASA LaRC Internal Memo: Let Your Voice Be Heard

"Over 500 of you responded to the Langley Story survey and we will shortly have some preliminary results. The next step is a series of focus groups to further define what kind of an organization we are and what prompts us to come to work each day."

Keith's note: One would assume that people are prompted to "come to work each day" because that is what you do when you have a "job" i.e. you go to work - each day.

Stadd In Court Part II

Ex-top NASA official charged in Mississippi, Houston Chronicle

"A former high-ranking NASA official pleaded not guilty Monday to nine federal charges accusing him of steering a $600,000 contract to Mississippi State University, a client of his consulting firm. Courtney A. Stadd had already been convicted of steering a different contract for almost $10 million to the university. Stadd was sentenced in November to three years probation."

Lew Allen

Air Force Gen. Lew Allen Jr., 84; headed NSA, NASA lab, Washington Post

"Retired Gen. Lew Allen Jr., a nuclear physicist who led the National Security Agency and served as the senior uniformed officer in the Air Force before heading NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the 1980s, died Jan. 4 at home in Potomac Falls of complications from rheumatoid arthritis. He was 84."

Keith's note: According to Dryden Management Meeting Minutes (DM3) David McBride has been named permanent Center Director of Dryden. He was the Deputy Director and has been acting Center Director since Kevin Petersen's retirement last April.


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