Partners for Stennis Announces Initiatives During Annual Director’s Community Briefing at INFINITY

More than 100 community, governmental and community leaders gathered this week at INFINITY Science Center for the Annual Director’s Briefing sponsored by Partners for Stennis Space Center.

Pictured left to right are Dr. William Burnett, Deputy Commander and Technical Director to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; John Wilson, Executive Director, INFINITY Science Center; Dr. Richard Gilbrech, Director, NASA Stennis Space Center; Michael McDaniel, Chairman of Partners for Stennis of Aerojet Rocketdyne; and, Lt. Commander Kerry Jackson, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School.

Pictured left to right are Dr. William Burnett, Deputy Commander and Technical Director to the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command; John Wilson, Executive Director, INFINITY Science Center; Dr. Richard Gilbrech, Director, NASA Stennis Space Center; Michael McDaniel, Chairman of Partners for Stennis of Aerojet Rocketdyne; and, Lt. Commander Kerry Jackson, Naval Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School.

The event was made possible through support from Partners member companies which include: Adams and Reese Law Firm, Aerojet Rocketdyne, SAIC, The Peoples Bank, Syncom Space Services, Keesler Federal Credit Union, CSRA, Alutiiq, A2Research, Pearl River Community College and St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.

Partners for Stennis Chairman, Michael McDaniel of Aerojet Rocketdyne, opened the meeting with an up-date from the board of directors.  “The reason Partners for Stennis is so effective as a grass roots advocacy organization for Stennis Space Center is simple.  We literally partner with businesses, non-profits, community and governmental leaders to advance business at Stennis Space Center.  We want decision makers and interested citizens to know and understand the value and importance of the Center and what it means to all of us as a significant source of employment and income for this region,” he said.

Dr. Richard Gilbrech, Director, NASA Stennis Space Center provides an up-date to more than 100 community, business and governmental leaders during the Annual Stennis Director’s Briefing, sponsored by Partners for Stennis, at INFINITY Science Center.

Dr. Richard Gilbrech, Director, NASA Stennis Space Center provides an up-date to more than 100 community, business and governmental leaders during the Annual Stennis Director’s Briefing, sponsored by Partners for Stennis, at INFINITY Science Center. er Community College and St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.n space exploration program prior to the annual trip, which is set for May 23-25.  More than 100 people participate in the trip each year from across the country to promote awareness of the benefits of NASA and Navy operations at Stennis Space Center.

As an organization, Partners for Stennis has been advancing business at Stennis Space Center for the past 20 plus years.  Each year, one of the key initiatives of Partners is the Director’s briefing, the annual DC fly-in to meet with members of Congress and Capitol Day in Jackson.

He reported that members from a national coalition Partners supports are in Washing ton DC this week to meet with Freshmen members of Congress to prime them with information about about America’s human space exploration program prior to the annual trip, which is set for May 23-25.

McDaniel cited a number of accomplishments PARTNERS FOR STENNIS has made over the past 20 years to advance business at Stennis Space Center:  worked with the BRAC Commission to take the Navy Human Resource Services Center-Southeast at Stennis off the list saving 150 jobs;  continues to advocate for the robust funding of the budgets for NASA and Navy operations at Stennis and the INFINITY Science Center;  supported expanding the restricted airspace in the Stennis buffer zone;  brought awareness to members of Congress to consider expanding Navy Operations at Stennis including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs);  and, supported removing the sunset clause on NASA’s Enhanced Use Lease Authority (EULA) to enter into leases of underutilized but non-excess NASA real property with private sector entities, academic institutions, and state and local governments. 

The next initiative Partners members have with NASA staff is the annual Capitol Day in Jackson, March 21st through 22nd to meet with members of the legislative delegation to let them know why supporting Stennis Space Center is critical to the region.

Partners for Stennis is a two state non-profit organization with more than 250 member representatives who support space, earth and ocean research and exploration.  Members, who meet quarterly, are from regional Chambers of Commerce, businesses, educational institutions, local governments, Stennis agencies and direct support companies, economic development foundations, and community groups.  For more information or to join Partners go to www.partnersforstennis.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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