Julie Bassler and Ginger Flores of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center tied for the Outstanding Senior Leader Award, presented during the virtual Redstone Women Who Rock event Aug. 19.
The North Alabama Chapter of Federally Employed Women hosted the event, which acknowledges outstanding women on Redstone Arsenal.
The Outstanding Senior Leader Award winner must be a member of the Senior Executive Service – the personnel system covering top managerial positions in federal agencies – who serves with distinction supporting efforts in leadership, mentorship, diversity, and value-based service to Redstone. The individual should also serve within agencies that have missions to procure, develop, or employ new technologies and systems. Additionally, the awardee must have proven herself to be of exemplary character and outstanding ability.
Bassler is manager of the Space Launch System Program Stages Office. She is responsible for all facets of the SLS core stage that will produce 2 million pounds of thrust to send the world’s most powerful rocket to space for the Artemis lunar missions, and Exploration Upper Stage production flight articles. Bassler’s career spans the areas of human spaceflight to include the space shuttle and International Space Station, robotic missions to include lander missions to the Moon, and science payloads and technology development.
Flores is deputy manager of the Human Exploration Development & Operations Office. She assists in managing Marshall’s portfolio in the areas of human exploration and transportation projects, habitation systems, payload and mission operations and integration, and project development and integration for space station payloads, facilities, and environmental control and life support systems.
Federally Employed Women works to end sex and gender discrimination, to encourage diversity for inclusion and equity in the workplace, and for the advancement and professional growth of women in federal service. The North Alabama Chapter is the oldest in the Southeast region and second-oldest nationally.