International SpaceOps Distinguished Service Medal (DSM)

Award Criteria

(a) This award is presented to give unique recognition to an individual who has distinguished himself or herself with service to the SpaceOps organization. The recipient shall be an individual who has shown exceptional dedication to the interests of the organization by making significant contributions over an extended period of time.

Award Description and Rewards

(a) Medal with neck ribbon of blue (ocean), green (land), sky blue (atmosphere), black (space) and yellow (sun/stars) stripes; and a lapel pin of the medal. The medal shall be engraved on the reverse with the purpose of the award (“For Distinguished Service”), the name of the recipient, and the year the award was presented. The medal and lapel pin shall have a leather-like presentation case.

(b) An 11” x 14”certificate (signed by the ExCom Chair and Awards Group Chair) shall be presented to each recipient. The certificate, on which is printed a citation of up to 25 words, shall be contained in a leather-like presentation folder.

(c) The recipient shall be offered a complimentary full registration to the conference at which the award will be presented. If the recipient is unable to attend the conference, then this complimentary registration is not transferable.

(d) A description of the award presentation and accomplishments of the awardee resulting in the award of the DSM shall be published in the Journal of Space Operations and Communicator.

Specific Rules and Regulations

(a) A maximum of two (2) awards may be issued biennially. No award needs to be made at any given conference. The maximum number for a particular biennial cycle may be increased upon issuance of a waiver by the ExCom upon request by the AG.

(b) No current member of the Awards Group Subcommittee shall be eligible to receive the DSM.

(c) Length of service to space operations shall be an important factor in the selection of candidates. The length of service includes all space operations activities and not just to the SpaceOps Organization, although the time of service to the SpaceOps Organization shall weigh greater than the time of other service (i.e., of more value).


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