Rear Adm. George Wagner commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command picked up one of the Navy's most venerable awards last month the "Old Salt" title. The service bestows the moniker on its longest-serving surface warfare officer. Wagner received the title upon the retirement of its previous holder Vice Adm. Philip Quast commander of the Military Sealift Command.

The Government Employees Insurance Co. Philanthropic Foundation recently honored Amanda Bowen a business office computer specialist on the staff of the Air Force Standard Systems Group Gunter Air Force Base Ala.

According to SSG officials Bowen spearheaded efforts to start a volunteer fire department in her home town Mount Meigs Ala. Besides running bake sales and turkey raffles Bowen a 22-year federal employee helped incorporate the Waugh-Mount Meigs Volunteer Fire Protection Authority and secure partial tax funding from local governments for the organization.

Thanks to Bowen's efforts her town now has its own firehouse and three fire trucks. The foundation honored Bowen as one of four federal winners of its annual Public Service Award at a dinner earlier this year where she received a $2 500 prize in recognition of her work.

Lt. Arlis Clayton of the Air Force Standard Systems Group received the Air Force Materiel Command Contracting Officer of the Year award for successfully negotiating a site license price reduction of nearly $400 000 with PKWare Inc. for a new version of the PKZIP compression program. The command also recognized Clayton for his work on the Communications Front-End Processors and Automatic Digital Switch Hardware maintenance contract. His team pushed the contract through in just 30 days - a quarter of the time it usually takes to award such contracts.

Maureen A. Pettitt was named chief scientific and technical adviser for human factors at the Federal Aviation Administration. She serves as the principal adviser to the FAA administrator on the agency's human factors research - an important issue as the agency modernizes the National Airspace System. Pettitt also heads the FAA division that provides scientific and technical support for the civil aviation human factors research program and for human factors applications in acquisition certification regulation and standards. She was previously an associate professor of aviation science at Western Michigan University Kalamazoo. She replaces Mark Hofmann who left the FAA last year.

President Clinton last month appointed a co-chairman and 19 members to serve on the Advisory Committee on High-Performance Computing and Communications Information Technology and the Next-Generation Internet. He named Ken Kennedy director of the Center for Research on Parallel Computation at Rice University Houston co-chairman. Clinton will announce the group's second co-chairman imminently.

Committee members include Eric Benhamou chairman and chief executive officer of 3Com Corp. Vinton Cerf senior vice president of Internet architecture and engineering at MCI Communications Ching-Chih Chen a professor at the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science David Cooper associate director of computation at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Steven Dorfman executive vice president of Hughes Electronics Corp. Robert Ewald president of Cray Research Inc. and vice president of Silicon Graphics Inc. David Farber Alfred Filter Moore professor of telecommunications at the University of Pennsylvania Sherrilynne Fuller director of the Health Sciences Libraries and Information Center at the University of Washington Hector Garcia-Molina the Leonard Bosack and Sandra Lerner professor in the department of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford University Susan Graham professor of computer science in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California Berkeley James Gray senior researcher in Microsoft Corp.'s scalable research server group W. Daniel Hillis vice president of research and development at Walt Disney Imagineering David Nagel president of AT&T Labs Raj Reddy dean of the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University Edward Shortliffe associate dean for information resources and technology at Stanford University School of Medicine Larry Smarr director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and professor of physics and astrophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Leslie Vadasz senior vice president and director of corporate business development at Intel Corp. Andrew Viterbi vice chairman of the board at Qualcomm Inc. and Steven Wallach chief technology officer of Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Convex Technology Center.

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.) last week announced several staff changes to the House Science Committee. They include the following appointments:

~ Todd Shultz chief of staff. Previously he was an administrative assistant to Sensenbrenner from 1989 to 1996.

~ Philip Kiko deputy chief of staff/counsel. Kiko served in the last Congress as associate administrator Office of Procurement and Purchasing for the House.

~ Robert Cook project director. Previously he worked as a staff member for the Science Subcommittee on Technology.

~ Katy McGregor director of communications. McGregor previously was director of state relations and grass-roots programs and senior legislative representative for the National Restaurant Association.

~ Diane Hill finance clerk. She comes from the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer of the House.

~ Kathleen McCright budget analyst. Previously she worked as director of the state of Minnesota's Washington office.

~ Elizabeth Sokul counsel. Sokul worked for Rep. Charles Bass (R-N.H.) as his associate staff to the House Budget Committee and legal counsel.

~ Angella Harris committee staff assistant. She previously was a technical editor for Tetra Tech Inc. Falls Church Va.


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