NEXRAD OSF employees receive awards from Federal Executive Board

Several employees of the NEXRAD Operational Support Facility in Norman recently received the Oklahoma Federal Executive Board’s Employee of the Year Award.

The annual tribute recognizes public administrators in Oklahoma whose careers exhibit the highest standards of excellence, dedication and accomplishment. The award is sponsored by the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, a nationwide nonprofit educational and professional organization.

Dan Frashier was recognized for his outstanding achievements in optimizing technical support systems at the NEXRAD facility in Norman. He was nominated in the category of Technical, Professional, and Administrative, GS-9 and above. Rich Rasmussen was recognized for his outstanding achievements in the area of Community Service. Richard J. Vogt was also nominated in the supervisory/managerial category.

As systems administrator, Frashier ensures the continuous operation and top performance of the logging, tracking, display and monitoring systems pivotal to the effectiveness of Hotline support for the Nation’s severe weather detection system. As a Senior Operations Specialist, Frashier is an expert consultant to forecasters worldwide. He is recognized as a top NEXRAD expert among his peers. His work has been individually recognized with two NOAA Special Act Awards. Frashier’s work as the Hotline’s Support Systems Administrator has brought significant recognition to the Hotline, which has won several awards, including the Commerce Secretary’s Customer Service Excellence Award and the National Weather Service Modernization Award.

“Frashier is our secret weapon in keeping the NEXRAD Hotline’s customer service superior,” said James D. Belville, director of the NEXRAD Operational Support Facility. Belville said Dan’s performance in optimizing technical support systems has made him the role model for a worldwide certification program for help desk systems engineers.

Rasmussen, a meteorologist at the NEXRAD facility, was recognized for his significant volunteer achievements. Rasmussen has been a leader in developing and participating in programs that improve the quality of life of the Operational Support Facility employees and people in the Oklahoma City and Norman communities. His community service efforts include a fund-raiser for the May 3rd tornado victims, the Salvation Army Christmas Toys for Tots Program, the Norman Day of Caring, and countless other similar programs in the local community. His volunteer work has been recognized in several news articles, including the Tinker Take Off, Norman Transcript and the Air Force Weather Observer.

“Rich’s assistance to others has brought great credit upon the Operational Support Facility, National Weather Service and the federal government,” Belville said.

Richard J. Vogt, deputy director of OSF, helps direct one of the nation’s network of Doppler weather radars, which provide a reliable form of critical radar information to meteorologists during periods of adverse weather. Doppler weather radar played a key role in the issuance of tornado warnings from the National Weather Service during the May 3, 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.