Former Rensselaer Falls man awarded with NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
Friday, August 26, 2016 - 9:21 am

‘I couldn't be more proud of my brother and his accomplishments,’ said Johanna Leblanc of Canton, who submitted this photo.

RENSSELAER FALLS – A former Rensselaer Falls man was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal Thursday in California.

The NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, awarded to David Matthews, is an award the National Aeronautics and Space Administration established in 1991 and is given to both civilian members of NASA and military astronauts.

To be awarded the medal, a NASA employee must make substantial contributions characterized by a substantial and significant improvement in operations, efficiency, service, financial savings, science, or technology which directly contribute to the mission of NASA.

For civilians, the decoration is typically bestowed to mid-level and senior NASA administrators who have supervised at least four to five successful NASA missions. Astronauts may be awarded the decoration after two to three space flights.

Due to its prestige, the medal is authorized as a military decoration for display on active duty military uniforms upon application from the service member to the various branch of the military in which they serve.