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June 17, 2016

GESS-3 Contract - NASA Silver Snoopy Award Winners

Vantage Partners, LLC (Vantage) congratulates GESS-3 and Vantage employees Liz Gray and Ross Miller for receiving the prestigious NASA Silver Snoopy Award. In recognition of their outstanding contributions to NASA’s mission success they were presented with the Silver Snoopy Award by Astronaut Doug Wheelock at a ceremony at NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) on May 16th.


Pictured: Left to Right – Dr. Lynn A. Capadona (nominator), Chief, GRC Science and Space Technology Systems Branch; Liz Gray; and Ross Miller. 

Liz received the award for continued and sustained integration efforts on the Spacecraft Fire Safety (SFS) Demonstration Project and its three payloads with the International Space Station (ISS) Program.  For constant innovation in working with the ISS Program to streamline processes for payload requirements and verifications that minimized project complexity and risk, and for redefining the common launch Interface Requirements Document approach for launch vehicle specific ISS payloads.

Ross received the award for continued and sustained integration efforts on the Spacecraft Fire Safety (SFS) Demonstration Project and its three payloads with Orbital ATK and the Cygnus vehicle.  For innovative excellence in defining custom interfaces, creating new integration processes for International Space Station (ISS) payloads into Cygnus, and developing a one-of-a-kind ground test demonstration to reduce project and program risk.

We also acknowledge prior GESS-3 Silver Snoopy award winners Shane Showers (Vantage, 2013), Dwayne Kiefer (Vantage, 2013), Chris Fulton (ZIN, 2014), and Eric Baker (Connecticut Reserve Technologies, 2013).
The Silver Snoopy award is a special honor awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to human flight safety or mission success. The award is given personally by NASA astronauts as it represents the astronauts' own recognition of excellence. Fewer than one percent of the aerospace program workforce receive it annually, making it a special honor to receive this award.

More info regarding the award:  https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/sfa/aac/silver-snoopy-award

More info regarding SFS:  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1761.html

February 2, 2016

Vantage Spreads Post-Holiday Cheer and Goodwill

Vantage Partners (VPL) held its post-holiday party on Saturday evening, January 30th in the ballroom at the Springvale Golf Course in North Olmsted, OH.  GESS-3 employees and their guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and a casino-themed evening with play money used to gamble at blackjack tables, craps tables and roulette wheels.  Attendees had the opportunity to win numerous gift baskets including a super-bowl party kit. There was also a caricature artist drawing portraits of the employees/guests throughout the evening. A great time was had by all.

In addition to the party festivities, non-perishable food items were collected to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.  GESS-3 employees generously donated over 617 pounds of items which Beth Arent (and her husband Tim) personally delivered to the Food Bank!  A 50/50 raffle was also held with proceeds going to the Cleveland Food Bank in the form of a monetary donation.

In December GESS-3 employees also participated in a Clothing Drive (organized by GESS-3 employee Alan Richard of ZIN Technologies) to benefit the Cleveland City Mission.  Donations completely filled the back of Mike Senchak’s truck with clothing donated from our employees.  VPL also contacted the Toys For Tots donation coordinator at NASA GRC and had a Toys-for-Tots donation box placed in our facility.  Once again, GESS-3 employees were extremely generous with their donations and we delivered an overflowing box of toys to NASA which was then given to the Toys-for-Tots program.

September 11, 2015

VPL receives SB Prime Contractor of the Year Award

The Glenn Research Center’s (GRC) 2015 Agency Honor and Center Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, August 14, 2015. During the ceremony Vantage Partners, LLC (VPL) was presented its award for GRC 2014 Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year. The award was accepted by VPL President and CEO Joe Polk, and was presented by GRC Center Director Jim Free and Rear Admiral Fred Midgette, of the United States Coast Guard. Rear Admiral Midgette was this year’s guest speaker for the event.

Pictured left to right: Jim Free, Joe Polk, Fred Midgette 

September 4, 2015

NASA/GSFC Awards TIDES Contract

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has awarded the Technology and Integrated Discipline Engineering Services (TIDES) contract to Trident Vantage Systems, LLC (TVS). TVS is a joint venture between Vantage Systems and Trident, Inc. The 5 Year, $114M contract will provide engineering and related services to the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division at NASA Goddard for the formulation, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification and operations of guidance, navigation and control space flight and ground system hardware and software. For further information on the award click here to see the official NASA announcement: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-technology-integrated-discipline-engineering-services-contract.

TVS will start execution of the TIDES contract following a 45-day phase-in period.  Further information regarding phase-in and contract startup activities will be posted soon to the TVS website. Please look for updates at the TVS website: http://www.trivansys.com

May 27, 2015

Vantage Employee - Keynote speaker at GRC’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Event

Vantage Partners (VPL) employee Ben Ebihara was the keynote speaker at the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance Event held on May 27, 2015 at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC). The event was open to all GRC employees.  Mr. Ebihara gave a very educational, inspiring, and moving presentation to the attendees which included many of GRC’s top management, among them Center Director Jim Free.  Linda Glover, Director of GRC’s Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, presented Mr. Ebihara with a plaque in appreciation of his participation and outstanding support.

Ben is a NASA retiree and is currently employed by VPL as a Mechanical Engineer where he is providing support to the Superconducting Motor Components and Test Devices Project. Ben was born into a family of Japanese Americans in 1928 in the small town of Clovis, New Mexico. Ben’s journey is one from humble beginnings, through internment, military service, and finally an outstanding career at NASA GRC. Among his major contributions, Ben worked on the Apollo program and has received some of NASA’s most prestigious awards and honors. Ben’s inspiring speech reminded the audience of the issues that divided us during World War II and why they are relevant today.

Picture (left to right): Ben Ebihara, GRC Center Director Jim Free.