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Anthony Guillory and Paul Meyer receive the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Environmental Hero Award.

Held in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, the award honors NOAA volunteers for their "tireless efforts to preserve and protect our nation's environment." Guillory and Meyer, atmospheric scientists for the NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are being recognized for their outstanding efforts to enhance the NOAA National Weather Service’s (NWS) surface observing capabilities in Northern Alabama and adjacent states.

Devoting their own time and financial resources, Guillory and Meyer are responsible for the development of a regional weather observing network in the northern Alabama and surrounding areas. They single-handedly site surveyed, assembled and installed eight weather stations and are proceeding with plans for three additional sites. Avid amateur radio operators, the pair also displayed strong leadership in strengthening the bond between the ham radio community and the NWS throughout the Tennessee Valley.

“NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.“They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities, America needs more environmental heroes like them.”

Established in 1995 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Earth Day, the Environmental Hero award is presented annually to individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission,

“On behalf of the 12,500 men and women working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, I am pleased to present you with this 2003 Environmental Hero Award,” Lautenbacher wrote in a letter to the recipients.“Your dedicated efforts and outstanding accomplishments greatly benefit the environment and make our nation a better place for all Americans.”

NOAA’s National Weather Service is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for the United States and its territories. NWS operates the most advanced weather and flood warning and forecast system in the world, helping to protect lives and property and enhance the national economy.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources. NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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