updated 10/15/2010 3:15:42 AM ET 2010-10-15T07:15:42

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 14, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NASA has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) employee Renee Allen the Silver Snoopy award.

Allen is a criminal investigator for the Northrop Grumman-led joint venture Space Gateway Support (SGS) at Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Fla. Astronaut Robert L. Behnken presented Allen her award in a Sept. 28 ceremony.

"I couldn't be more proud of Renee and this accomplishment because she is a true asset to the company, who exhibits exemplary dedication and professionalism to both her job and our customer," said Roy C. Tharpe, president, SGS. "When she is not tasked with the safety and protection of the astronauts, she provides the in-close protection of the astronaut's families on launch day."

SGS has received four other Silver Snoopy awards this year to include: Richard Anderson, Igor Chuyan, Kathy McGraw-Davids and Marilyn Scheidt.

Since 1968, the Silver Snoopy has been awarded to NASA employees and contractors for outstanding achievements related to flight safety or mission success. A pin, flown on a shuttle during a space mission, is given personally by NASA astronauts as recognition of excellence. It is limited to no more than one percent of eligible recipients, and a person can only receive one Snoopy award in their lifetime. 

SGS is a Northrop Grumman joint venture that provides security support, fire services and emergency management at Kennedy Space Center.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.   Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.  

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