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  Christopher Green at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Network Operations Control Center.

 

Chris Green’s office is a little different than most, he works in NASA’s Deep Space Network Operations Center (a.k.a – the dark room) at NASA/JPL in Pasadena, CA.

Inspiring Engineer—Christopher Green

After high school, like many of my classmates, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with my future so right after graduation, I began working in my fathers automotive repair shop. After about a year, I knew that this wasn’t the future for me and I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After enlisting and graduating from boot camp, I planned to become a Field Radio Operator. During my training, I tested above average in the field of communications training and was put on track to advance further within that field by the military. Finally, I was sent to Ft. Gordon Georgia to attend Satellite Communications Operators School as part of my ongoing training and schooling. This is where I found my calling and was able to excel and become the Honor Grad of my class. I was sent to my Primary Duty Station at Camp Pendleton, California in 1999 and was shortly thereafter afforded the opportunity to be transferred to another company within the Battalion, Charlie Company, that was considered to be “More High Speed”. Once I arrived, I quickly learned that this is where I belonged. This specialized unit worked directly with the latest high tech commercial equipment available in addition to having a Satellite Communication Terminal.  

After a little over 3 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, I ended my tour of active duty and returned home to California. After a few months of job searching, never quite feeling complete in what I was doing, I received a call from the Manager of the Network Operations Control Center at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. I was completely stunned! He informed me that he was looking for candidates for a new position, Tracking Support Specialist within the Deep Space Network Operation and felt that my previous experience would be beneficial for the position. I was hired in August 2002!

After completion of a “Only Gonna Happen Once” training, I was on console in June of 2003. Again, I felt happy and excited about coming to work every day. It would be something different and moving every shift, as I was helping to further the worlds knowledge base through science. I have since moved through the ranks within the Network Operations Control Center, becoming an Operations Chief and now my current position as the Network Operations readiness Engineer and Lead Ops Chief. Since the time I started with the DSN,  I have been a part of so many amazing missions, experiences and once in a life time opportunities, I know that I will have a fulfilling career as long as it will have me.

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