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NASA chart removes Stringer as Plum Brook chief

Andy Ouriel • Sep 30, 2012 at 5:01 AM

Stringer has spearheaded station promotions, including providing dozens of tours for hundreds of community members and elected officials, during his five-year tenure as director. The exposure helped NASA executives approve some of the roughly $567 million invested in the station during the past decade.

But his goodwill could abruptly end. The Register obtained the chart through an independent source and later verified the document with NASA spokeswoman Katherine Martin.

Meanwhile, local station advocates detest the move and believe negative ramifications will result from Stringer’s forcible departure.

“While the stated goal of this new organizational structure is to become more efficient, it greatly de-emphasizes the importance of (the) Plum Brook Station,” according to a statement from the Friends of NASA Plum Brook, a local group marketing and supporting the station. “Given Plum Brook’s rapidly growing visibility inside and outside of NASA, director Lugo’s plan, if implemented, would run exactly counter to the needs and expectations of Plum Brook’s testing customers.”

 

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