A Middlebury resident, newspaper editor and science writer Louis Varricchio, received the Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager Aerospace Education Achievement Award. The award is given by the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, for the national organization's aerospace education program.
The prestigious achievement award is named in honor of test pilot Maj. Gen. Charles E. "Chuck" Yeager (USAF, retired), the first human to break the sound barrier in the X-1 experimental rocketplane in 1947. The award certificate was signed by Maj. Gen. Amy S. Courter, CAP national commander.
Varricchio is a senior member with the rank of second lieutenant in CAP's Rutland Composite Squadron based at the Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport. A former NASA science writer, Varricchio writes the weekly "Seeing Stars" column appearing in New Market Press community newspapers. He is also managing editor of the publications.
In addition to his work with the Civil Air Patrol, Varricchio is also a member of NASA's JPL Solar System Ambassadors program. He was a science program producer for public radio and television and is the author of a recent book about lunar science titled, "Inconstant Moon: Discovery and Controversy on the Way to the Moon", published by Xlibris/Random House.