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Det. 3 member receives NASA's Silver Snoopy Award

NASA Astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore, left, and Rex Walheim, far right, pose with Don Shelton, 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 deputy commander, center, and his daughter Chelsey Sears, left of him, and his wife Lisa, right, after Don was presented the Snoopy Award Sept. 23, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The Silver Snoopy Award is an astronaut's personal award given to only the top 1% of individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the probability of mission success, or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems, flight and/or systems safety or identification and correction or preventive action for errors.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

NASA Astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore, left, and Rex Walheim, far right, pose with Don Shelton, 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 deputy commander, center, and his daughter Chelsey Sears, left of him, and his wife Lisa, right, after Don was presented the Snoopy Award Sept. 23, 2015, at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The Silver Snoopy Award is an astronaut's personal award given to only the top 1% of individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the probability of mission success, or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems, flight and/or systems safety or identification and correction or preventive action for errors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

NASA Astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore, left, and Rex Walheim present Don Shelton, 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 deputy commander, with his wife Lisa the Silver Snoopy Award Sept. 23, 2015 for his dedicated service to Human Space Flight recovery operations at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The Silver Snoopy Award is an astronaut's personal award given to an individual who has made significant contributions toward enhancing the probability of mission success, or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems, flight and/or systems safety or identification and correction or preventive action for errors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

NASA Astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore, left, and Rex Walheim present Don Shelton, 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 deputy commander, with his wife Lisa the Silver Snoopy Award Sept. 23, 2015 for his dedicated service to Human Space Flight recovery operations at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The Silver Snoopy Award is an astronaut's personal award given to an individual who has made significant contributions toward enhancing the probability of mission success, or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems, flight and/or systems safety or identification and correction or preventive action for errors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Matthew Jurgens/Released)

The Silver Snoopy Award is an astronaut's personal award given to only the top 1% of
individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the probability of mission success, or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems, flight and/or systems safety or identification and correction or preventive action for errors. (Photo by George Homich/NASA)

The Silver Snoopy Award is an astronaut's personal award given to only the top 1% of individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the probability of mission success, or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems, flight and/or systems safety or identification and correction or preventive action for errors. (Photo by George Homich/NASA)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- NASA Astronauts Rex Walheim and Barry "Butch" Wilmore flew into Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 23, 2015 to present Don Shelton, 45th Operations Group Detachment 3 deputy commander, the Silver Snoopy Award for his dedicated service to Human Space Flight recovery operations.

The Silver Snoopy Award is an astronaut's personal award given to only the top 1% of individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing the probability of mission success, or made improvements in design, administrative/technical/production techniques, business systems, flight and/or systems safety or identification and correction or preventive action for errors.

Shelton's wife Lisa and daughter Chelsey Sears attended the presentation of the award, and Lisa pinned the silver snoopy onto Shelton's shirt.

Lt. Col. Mike McClure, 45th OG Detachment 3 commander, commended Shelton for his contributions to America's Human Spaceflight program.

"It takes people like Don to truly make America's crewed-space program what it is today, and will be in the future," said McClure. "His hard work and dedication to our mission have enabled us to be successful in doing what we do best -- keeping astronauts safe, thus enabling the next generation of space exploration."