One thousand things have to go right to launch a rocket into space successfully, according to the Air Force. Jonathan Baker, deputy chief engineer of the Delta IV Launch System at the Air Force Space and Missile Center Launch Systems Directorate in El Segundo, California, is a finalist for a Service to America medal in the Call to Service category. Jonathan helped save the Air Force billions of dollars and a lot of stress on its satellite launches. View a gallery of Sammies finalists. Also, Read a Q&A with Baker.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.