NASA Honors Rockford Engineer


An astronaut touched down at UTC Aerospace Systems in Rockford for a special presentation.

Mike Hopkins flew in from NASA Space Center in Houston to honor Program Manager Bill Keenan with the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award.  It’s the highest award an astronaut can give to recognize outstanding performance in the field.

“That was great that my wife and kids and grandkids were all here,” said Keenan.  “That was really exciting and it was really fun.”

Only one percent of all employees in the aerospace field are honored with the award.

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