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October 10, 2018 - Good Times at ERC!

Habitat for Humanity  ERC has been a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity at several of our ERC contract locations.  This summer, we came together in Huntsville to help make the dream of a new home come true for a family.  We primed and painted the inside of the home, then tackled the garage.  Despite the heat and lots of paint on our clothes, it was a great way to spend a Saturday morning! Pictured left to right:  (standing) Cathleen Vincent (RWESS), Michele, Mike Keel (ASRI), Stuar...
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August 09, 2018 - Summer Happenings!

CASA of Madison County volunteer time! ERC now has a certified ramp building team for CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) – a North Alabama non-profit that provides assistance to the homebound and elderly in our community.  A group of ERC employees came together for a fun – and hot – warehouse work night.  We cut planks and pre-assembled various sections.  Once the home site was ready, another team of volunteers from ERC and Aerie came together to build ...
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June 11, 2018 - Early Summer happenings….and love is in the air!

Love is in the air at TOSC!   A recent Family Tour day at Kennedy Space Center took on special meaning as Nick Smyth proposed to his girlfriend, Caitlin! Right after Nick joined the ERC family, he took Caitlin and her 2 children to the Visitor Center for the entire day.  Since then, Caitlin has been inspired to be a part of the space program – so much so that she is currently enrolled in the aerospace technician program at a local college. When Nick realized that she was the one, he kne...
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May 18, 2018 - ERC 30th Anniversary Celebrations and a big milestone for one of our own!

ERC Celebrates our 30th Anniversary!   As our founder, Dr. Susan Wu, has said, it’s hard to believe that ERC is now 30 years old!  Each ERC contract location had its own unique celebration, but each one started with that sweet video of Susan and Jimmy talking about the Red Envelopes.   If you missed the video, you can still view it on ERCNet.  In the near future, we’ll have the recording from the 30th Anniversary celebration in Huntsville with Susan and Jimmy talking to our folks...
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April 09, 2018 - IRES joins the ERC family…and early Spring Happenings!

Welcome IRES to the ERC Family! The ERC family continues to grow with our newest contract, IRES (Integrated Research & Development for Enterprise Solutions), supporting the Missile Defense Agency with locations in Colorado Springs and Huntsville. The new ERC IRES employees in  Colorado Springs recently came together for a Meet & Greet with Mike Finnicum, the new Program Manager, Ernie and some of the folks from HR.  We are so delighted to have you in the ERC family! ERC Headquarter Sta...
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January 12, 2018 - 2017 Year End Activities and 2018 Start!

        Because of the generosity of our employees that support the ERC Helping Hands Charitable Giving Fund, the following grants were made possible in 2017: In Huntsville: The Alzheimer’s Association:  $2,500 Christian Women’s Job Corp of Madison:  $4,000 Free to Teach:  $5,000 HEALS, Inc. (Health Establishments at Local Schools):  $5,000 Huntsville Community Drumline:  $6,000 305 8th Street:  $10,000 Harris Home for Children: $7,500 Big Brothers/Big Sisters: $6,2...
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November 02, 2017 - Happy Fall!

Fall is off to a good start at ERC! Several folks from AFTD (RWESS) attend training session:  3 ERC flight test engineers attend a short course at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, MD.   The project aircraft was a Howard DGA-15P, flying from the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport.  Each took turns in separate flights, on the controls and observing flight test techniques, and spent approximately an hour in the air for each flight. They all enjoyed the class and t...
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October 23, 2017 - A new ERC location and lots of ERC Happenings!

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the SEMATS 2 team to the ERC Family!  Today, Monday, October 23, marks day one of this new contract at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.  Last week, the transition team and ERC management met with the new employees and had a Meet and Greet so we could meet the families too.  It was a fun night, with a special surprise performance by a local barbershop quartet! ERC was proud to once again have a big team showing in the 2017 Redstone Test Center Commande...
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September 05, 2017 - ERC employees help for Beaumont, TX

They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words…so true!  We’ve all seen the devastation cause by Hurricane Harvey on TV, and our folks at Johnson Space Center in Houston are now living through it. One of our ERC employees at Kennedy Space Center, Nathan Olds, made the trip to Beaumont, TX with donations in hand from folks at Kennedy.  Here are the comments from Nathan:   “…ERC’s donation was able to help us and the people of Beaumont, TX far more than we could have...
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August 28, 2017 - Awards, collections and more!

ERC RPS employee receives President’s Call to Service Award!   Earlier this year, David Hill, a technician at the Air Force Research Laboratory Rocket Propulsion Division at Edwards, received  the Call to Service Award, which is a lifetime achievement award that is part of the President’s Volunteer Service Award Program. Hill volunteers as a Kern County Sheriff’s Desert Group Search and Rescue Unit member. The award is reserved for individuals with over 4,000 hours of volunteer servi...
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August 21, 2017 - So much to share!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around all of our ERC locations!  Here’s a spotlight on some recent happenings. Thanks to Van Chatraw and Lisa O’Neal from ETSS for organizing an awesome night at the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium!  ERC chartered 2 busses to take us to the game and it was oh so fun!   Several ERC and Aerie employees receive awards at KSC! The people who were recognized were left to right, Richard Steen from Aerie.  From ERC were Yohon Lo, Kevin Tay...
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August 04, 2017 - Recent Awards and ERC University

Project Management – Advanced Course Class 1 – what a great looking group! ERC University is proud to now offer Project Management – Advanced Level for our employees. This first class gathered for two days here at ERC HQ with ERCU Dean Simone Calvert and the amazing Kevin Berry from TOSC as the instructor. It really is a treat for all of us here at HQ to have folks in from all of our locations.  A big thank you to Simone and Kevin for making this class a reality, and to all of...
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June 29, 2017 - 4th of July Celebration – Huntsville Style!

The folks from Aerie gathered today – just in time for the 4th of July – for a PFC hosted Fish Fry at one of the Test Areas on the Marshall Space Flight Center side of the house.  The fish, chicken tenders, french fries and hush puppies were all cooked onsite and it was finger licking good!!  More than 100 folks came out to enjoy the gathering, so a big thanks to the Aerie PFCs for making the event happen!...
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June 29, 2017 - Happy 4th of July!

Just look at what the PFCs from SSPF (Space Station Processing Facility) did to celebrate the upcoming 4th of July holiday with their co-workers!  Thank you to Mary Banasik, Ken Koby, Kamber Scott, Jannice Harper, Joe Degano and Mike Beuth for organizing hosting this lunch and for sharing the great pictures! From Mary: We had a great turnout today at our ERC SSPF People First 4th of July Luncheon.  We invited all TOSC co-workers at the SSPF along with our NASA counterparts and a great time wa...
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June 27, 2017 - ERC celebrates Flag Day

Flag Day was Wednesday, June 14, which happened to coincide with the first day of the Summer Purpose Driven Leadership (PDL) course.  We celebrated in style with all of us saying the Pledge of Allegiance, then enjoyed an overview of the history of Flag Day and the symbolism of the 13 folds of our flag. From Reggie Battle, Supervisor at MSTD:    Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officiall...
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June 08, 2017 - Good times in Huntsville!

ERC was well represented at the recent Sgt. Major Association Golf Tournament that was held at The Links on Redstone Arsenal – that’s a good looking group of guys! The ESSSA group gathered at the NASA picnic area for a fun summer picnic, to include service awards for several of our people.  Check out the pics below!...
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May 30, 2017 - ERC HQ staff visit to the Airfield = cool stuff!

The headquarter staff enjoyed a special treat with a visit to the Redstone Test Center airfield in March. The visit was coordinated by two of the ETSS People First Champions, Shauna Legan and Theresa Wesson. We were able to climb in and around a Chinook and Black Hawk = really cool stuff! A big thank you to Van Chatraw, Shauna and Theresa for making the visit possible, and to their team: Matt Schonhoff, Tony Vahle, Luke Hobbs, Jim Morrisette, Scott Kimbrell, Chris Johnson, Taina Rivera and Rich ...
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May 19, 2017 - Silver Snoopy Sweep for ERC at TOSC!

…from the TOSC Times, May 2017 issue: It was a quarternity of the highest accord as ERC swept top honors with four Silver Snoopy recipients during the Kennedy Space Center Awards Banquets held Friday, April 21, 2017. Known simply as the “Astronauts Personal Achievement Award,” to earn a Silver Snoopy, candidates must make contributions “toward enhancing the probability of mission success or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems,...
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May 17, 2017 - A few touching stories…

Sarah’s Story Thank you for all that donated leave while I have been out of work caring for my daughter. ERC was started as a family company and this generosity shows we still are. My daughter’s name is Sarah Catherine and she has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and other complications. In the first 3 months of her life we have had 4 trips to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, 2 visits to St Jude’s, 4 visits to Children’s Hospital of North Alabama, 4 pediatrician visits, 2 Emergency room visits a...
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May 04, 2017 - Recent Huntsville Happenings

This blog features just a sampling of the happenings at ERC in Huntsville: Relay for Life Cookout at HQ: To help raise money for the 3 Relay for Life events that are taking place in our community, our all-volunteer committee organized a cookout at Headquarters. The cookout was a great success with more than $3,000 raised.  Additionally, some of the employees on our CDP contract made a generous donation in memory of Larry Schroeder, former ERC employee that lost his battle with cancer recently. ...
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March 28, 2017 - Recent accolades and happenings at TOSC!

On Friday, March 10th JSOG was recognized with the 2016 Gold Corporate Safety Achievement Award. The award was presented at the United Safety Council’s 64th Annual Safety Awards Banquet in Orlando. This award is presented to a company that has successfully developed and implemented proactive and innovative safety programs. Every year the competition for recognition gets stronger as organizations continuously improve their Safety Management System. In our category, a mid-sized company with 501-...
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February 14, 2017 - A fun event to collect food and raise money for the homeless in Huntsville

This past Saturday, a group from the local chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) came together to support CARTS4HEARTS Adventure 5k:  A loose parody of a famous Alaskan dog sled race.  Replace the dogs with people and the sleds with shopping carts, add in team themes, costumes, contests and a food and fundraising drive for Huntsville’s Downtown Rescue Mission. AIAA collected food, clothing and money for the event, created an awesome space-themed shoppi...
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February 10, 2017 - ERC in the news!

Check out the latest issue of TRACKS, the bi-weekly newspaper published by the Anniston Army Depot.  Go to page 4 to read about the important work our team from the CDP contract at Redstone Test Center is performing: https://www.anad.army.mil/PAO%20Tracks%20Articles/TR012617.pdf Be safe out there!      ...
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February 06, 2017 - ERC Helping Hands – California Style!

At the end of 2016, the ERC Helping Hands committee at RPS awarded a $5,000 grant to Bags4Kids, a local non-profit with an important mission: Bags4kids provides “comfort bags” to children who have been displaced due to neglect, abuse, abandonment. They give these bags to shelters, county offices, resource centers, foster parent agency’s, police stations and schools. Bags may also go to families with very limited resources. Through donations, Bags4kids is able to support the men...
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February 01, 2017 - Bill Alcorn featured in Redstone Rocket

The following article was printed in the Redstone Rocket on January 25, 2017.  The Rocket is a weekly publication distributed to Redstone Arsenal personnel and interested parties.   By SKIP VAUGHN Rocket editorskip.vaughn@theredstonerocket.com With a draft notice in hand, Bill Alcorn decided to join the Air Force in 1963 because he grew up near an Air Force base in middle Tennessee. Five years later the Murfreesboro native was in Vietnam for the first of two yearlong tours. The air bases over...
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January 25, 2017 - TOSC Employees help TN fire victims

The ERC family had several personal connections to the wildfires that ravaged the Gatlinburg area at the end of last November.  Mark Sortman, ERC employee at TOSC, has a home there.  Once all the smoke had cleared, Mark realized that out of the 23 homes in his area, only his home and one other survived. To help his neighbors, Mark and Henry Riley (Jacobs at TOSC) organized a clothing drive at KSC for the fire victims.  The generous work force at Kennedy collected approximately 19 large boxes ...
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January 18, 2017 - Meet the White Sands team!

At a recent White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) meeting, the ERC team gathered for a group photo – take a moment to see their smiling faces! Test and Evaluation Support Team  – NASA’s White Sands Test Facility specializes in testing and evaluation of potentially hazardous materials, components, and rocket propulsion systems with services available to other governmental and commercial customers. ERC supports materials and components testing, hypervelocity impact testing, propulsi...
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ERC Helping Hands

January 09, 2017 - ERC Helping Hands in Huntsville: We are making a difference!

In the true spirit of the Holiday Season, 4 Madison County non-profits were delighted to be notified that they had been selected for the first grants awarded from ERC Helping Hands. Pictured seating (L-R):  Emmett Moore, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Alabama (BBBSNA); Karen Peterson of HudsonAlpha; Ernie Wu; Candy Burnett of Huntsville Hospital Foundation.  Standing (L-R):  Stacy Riley, Carol Sporleder of BBBSNA, Courtney Perez, Lindsey Parker, Ryan Noe, Megan Beattie, Ruby Stevens, Miche...
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November 02, 2016 - ERC in the community!

  ERC was well represented at the Aim for Advocacy shooting event that benefited the National Children’s Advocacy Center – thanks to Ryan Noe from our Business Development team for hosting the guys from CDP! (left to right:  Ryan Noe, Tony Pack, Jeremiah Shackleford, David Sullivan)       ERC and Aerie enjoyed a night at the Von Braun Memorial Dinner (sometimes called Space Prom!) = nice seeing these faces smiling and all dressed up!         ...
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October 20, 2016 - PDL Tailgating with HQ

The October Purpose Driven Leadership (PDL) took place last week at ERC Headquarters.  Since football season is upon us, HQ hosted a parking lot tailgate for the group.  In addition to award-winning barbecue and all the fixings,  folks enjoyed frisbee and football tossing, bocce ball and corn hole. Good times!...
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October 06, 2016 - Spotlight on an Employee: Steve Chambreau from RPS

Steve Chambreau is a Research Scientist in the Propellants Branch at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base (RPS). Steve grew up in California, and received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UC Riverside. He spent 2 years working as an NRC Associate at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Hanscom AFB near Boston, and 2 years as a postdoc with Professor Arthur Suits at Wayne State University. Steve is a Co-Founder of Chemists Without Borders and has served as Vice-Presiden...
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September 24, 2016 - ERC at the RTC Commander’s Cup Golf Tournament

ERC takes to the golf course in a big way! ERC had 18 players participate in the RTC Commander’s Cup Golf Tournament yesterday – ERC was everywhere! Check out the photos of our guys…and one talented gal…at the tournament.  
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September 16, 2016 - ERC Young Professionals in action!

It’s no secret that ERC has many wonderful employees – but did you know how many wonderful YOUNG professionals we have that are doing great things in the community? Keep on reading to see just what some of our Huntsville YPs are doing! Megan Beattie, ESSSA Megan is a Systems Engineer at NASA on the ESSSA contract.  Megan was recently named “Tomorrow’s Young Woman of Distinction” for her tremendous volunteer efforts in our community. She has served as a volunteer and committee member f...
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May 23, 2016 - ERC Huntsville Happenings – fishing, golfing, walking!

The ERC Huntsville family has been busy supporting lots of great events around our community!  Please take a moment to check out these awesome pictures of our folks in action! The events featured are the North Marshall Relay for Life, 8th annual ERC Bass Fishing Tournament, The Huntsville Classic Golf Tournament and the North Madison County Relay for Life:                                         ...
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March 08, 2016 - CDP activities featured in local media!

Check out the media coverage to see some of the important work taking place at CDP: http://whnt.com/2016/03/07/defending-america-with-a-really-rough-ride/  
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March 03, 2016 - SLS Pathfinder Media Event & Coverage

  Check out the recent media coverage of the unveiling of the most powerful rocket ever built.  There are so many ERC employees working to make this a reality – awesome job! NASA Unveils Most Powerful Rocket Ever Built Inside look at NASA...
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February 17, 2016 - ESSSA’s Robin Osborne Wins AIAA 2016 Engineer of the Year

Honored for Work on Spark Torch Ignition Systems and Building a Low-Cost Ignition Test Facility  February 2, 2016 – Reston, Va. – Robin Osborne, an AIAA Senior Member, and a senior mechanical engineer in the Combustion Devices Design and Development Branch, in the Engineering Directorate of ERC, Inc./Jacobs-ESSSA Group, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Huntsville, Alabama, has won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 2016 Engineer of the Year award. Osbor...
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January 27, 2016 - We have some musicians in the house!

NOTE:  This story appeared in the Redstone Rocket on January 13, 2016. By Margaret Mason Engineers are assumed to excel in their area of expertise and flop in the arts but several members of Redstone Test Center prove it’s possible to be a rocking employee by day and a rocker by night. Capshaw Road, a band led by the center’s John “Sparky” Sparkman (ERC ETSS employee), was formed in 2013 by five friends with a love for music.  The melodies of Sparky, his brother Stacey...
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January 06, 2016 - ERC Employees making a big impact for many over the holidays!

ERC has such an amazingly compassionate workforce – proven here by many generous acts during the holidays!  Featured below are a few spotlights of some of the wonderful community support shown by various ERC groups. ERC Huntsville collected LOTS of toys for Toys for Tots! The ERC TOSC family supports Adopt-a-Senior Program by Mary Banasik We had 50 TOSC Employees that adopted a total of 87 seniors (approximately 260 gifts (3 gift per adoptee)!   Lisa Chapman, Valerie Armour and myself (...
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December 17, 2015 - The holidays are here!

At each of our locations around the United States, the ERC Family has come together for fellowship and fun during this holiday season….and we know how to have some fun! Check out the pictures from the recent TOSC Holiday Party…you’ll even see Kenny getting his groove on!...
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December 15, 2015 - Peter McCloud of ERC JETS in the community

Peter McCloud, an aeronautical engineer on the JETS contract, recently shared the following about his volunteer work: Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a group, the Portland State Aerospace Society, as an advisor for some of their projects. They are a passionate group, providing opportunities for students to design and build large amateur rockets, and a cubesat. Eventually, they hope to be the first university-based team to go to 100 km. To get there, they have be...
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November 16, 2015 - Halloween Cruise 2015 with some TOSC folks

When you work just a few miles from where the cruise ships depart, why not take a cruise for Halloween?  That’s just what some of the employees at TOSC did just a few weeks ago…and you’ll also see that ERC’s President and First Lady, Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Frame, joined in on the fun!    ...
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November 10, 2015 - Veterans Day and what it means to me – by Jacin Durham, MSTD

When I first joined the Army in 1966 the Vietnam Conflict/War was waging (take your pick, it was war to those in the military who were there and even those who didn’t have to go). There were many times I remember getting off a plane in an airport, we had to wear uniforms on the planes to ride at a reduced rate called “Standby”, there would be small crowds which formed along our path. You would hear shouts of “Murderers”, ” Baby Killers”, “War Monge...
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October 21, 2015 - The WSTF ERC Family comes together to feed the hungry

(Pictured left to right: Seth Perez, ERC; Lorenzo Alba, Casa de Peregrinos; Audrey Hartley, Jardin De Los Ninos; Lucinda Havenor, ERC and Darrell Shoup -“The Boss” – ERC) Each year, ERC employees at many of our locations participate in the Feds Feed Families Food Drive. This year WSTF-ERC approached the program differently from previous years. Instead of seeking hundreds of pounds of food donated, the team instead would raise dollars for the Feds Feed Families campaign. ERC broug...
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October 15, 2015 - ERC TOSC Picnic photos – fun times!

The ERC TOSC family came together at the beginning of October for a fun day in the park…with lots of great food, drinks and activities for all! Enjoy the pictures – courtesy of the talented Mr. Les Leckron!  
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October 08, 2015 - JETS Darryl Smith: making a difference in the community

Darryl Smith, PM for JETS, not only works hard for ERC, but also volunteers a tremendous amount of his time and energy in his community. Darryl is now President of the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools – Bay Area (CIS).  The mission of CIS is to surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes that every child needs and deserves: A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult A safe place to learn and gr...
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October 06, 2015 - ESSSA’s Sam Dougherty receives Alumni Professional Achievement Award!

Nearly 300 UT alumni, spouses, families, and special guests convened at the Knoxville Convention Center October 2 for the Alumni Board Awards Dinner. The mood was all red carpet as nineteen remarkable Volunteers from a broad spectrum of ages and professions were recognized for their achievements and contributions to UT, the nation, and the world. Among the recipients was ERC’s Sam Dougherty!   During more than fifty years in the aerospace profession, Nathan Sam Dougherty has been one ...
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September 22, 2015 - Silver Snoopy Awards presented to TOSC’s Mark Smith and Dennis Warren

ERC’s Dennis M. Warren, a Technician in GSE Maintenance Precision Measurement & Alignment Instrumentation, was recognized for his contributions to the safe transportation of the Orion capsule from Naval Base San Diego to Kennedy Space Center in December 2014.  Dennis, along with since-retired Bill Sturgeon, was responsible for control of environmental conditions inside the Crew Module Transportation Fixture (CMTF).  The temperature and humidity had to be maintained 24 hours a day for the...
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August 27, 2015 - ERC’s Joey Bordeleau story featured in TOSC Times

Joey Bordeleau: A Spirit of Giving “Evangelize, equip, empower, and encourage.” – Goal of Haitian Christian Outreach. The goal of the Haitian Christian Outreach (HCO) program is easy to grasp, but impossible to accomplish were it not for the volunteer spirit of individuals such as ERC’s Joey Bordeleau. The University of South Alabama graduate, who joined TOSC in July 2013, has made a positive impact to his peers as an electrical engineer, but it’s what he did during his summer “vacat...
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Caleb

August 14, 2015 - Thank you to the ERC Family…and just look at that face today!

I want to thank all the folks from our ERC family that held my four year old grandson, Caleb, in their hearts and prayers while he underwent his treatment for rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS).    After the 5K benefit race in December which ERC provided the finish line snacks and drinks for, not to mention the large number of ERC/TOSC folks that were participating, an article on the blog which led many of our extended family to follow Caleb’s battle on his Facebook page, SuperCaleb.   Since that tim...
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August 10, 2015 - TOSC’s Erin Frye: A Donation Story

“You don’t get a phone call with the opportunity to save a life very often.  Excited would be an understatement.” – Erin Frye When Erin Frye was attending Virginia Tech en route to a bachelor’s degree, she took a brief detour one day to join the Be The Match donor registry at a local Red Cross. It was an event that would eventually save the life of a stranger. “I got the call several years later that I was a potential match for a 67-year old female with Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” sh...
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Be the Match

July 30, 2015 - Marrow Donor Registry Drive a Huge Success!

Please read this wonderful story that will soon be featured in the TOSC Times: Marrow Donor Registry Drive huge Success! ERC sponsored event that signs 31 donors! An event that honored a past survivor and remembered a fallen comrade became a beacon of hope for the future as 31 co-workers registered during the Be The Match Marrow Donor Registry Drive held Tuesday, July 21 in OSB I. In addition to the new donors, $1,300 was raised at the ERC-hosted event, which was held to recognize Kevin Berry, w...
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