|Donald Ray McMonagle
three-time Space Shuttle astronaut
Born May 14, 1952, in
Married Janyce Morton
Graduated from Hamady High
School in 1970
Bachelor of Science in
Astronautical Engineering United States Air
Force Academy, 1974
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
California State University-Fresno, 1985
Completed pilot training at
Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, in 1975.
F-4 training at Homestead AFB, Florida, followed
by a one-year tour of duty at Kunsan Air Base,
Assigned to Luke AFB, Arizona,
as an F-15 instructor pilot in 1979.
Entered USAF Test Pilot School
at Edwards AFB, California, in 1981.
Operations officer and project
test pilot for the Advanced Fighter Technology
Integration F-16 aircraft, 1982-1985.
Attended the Air Command and
Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, 1985-1986.
Assigned as operations officer of the 6513th Test
Squadron at Edwards AFB.
Selected as an astronaut in
Mission specialist aboard Space
Shuttle Discovery on Department of
Defense mission STS-39 in April 1991. Crew
deployed, operated, and retrieved a
remotely-controlled spacecraft and conducted
several science experiments including research on
both natural and induced phenomena in the Earth's
Pilot on STS-54 aboard Space
Shuttle Endeavor in January 1993.
Deployed a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite, and
collected information about celestial x-rays
using a Diffuse X-Ray Spectrometer.
Commander of STS-66 Atmospheric
Laboratory for Applications and Science-3
(ATLAS-3) aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis
in November 1994.
In January 1996, assigned to
establish a new Extra-Vehicular Activity Project
Office responsible for managing all NASA
resources associated with space suits and tools
used to conduct space walks in support of Space
Shuttle and International Space Station
On August 15, 1997, became
Manager of Launch Integration at the Kennedy
Space Center, in which capacity he is responsible
for final Shuttle preparation, launch execution,
and return of the orbiter to Kennedy following
landings at any other location. As chair of the
Mission Management Team he was the final
authority for launch decision.
After retiring as a Colonel from the Air Force
in June of 1998, he completed his government
service with NASA in January of 2000 and went on
to work for Pratt & Whitney's Space
Propulsion business unit.
Association of Graduates, U.S. Air Force
Association of Space Explorers
Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Honors and Awards
Air Force Commendation Medal (3)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross
Liethen-Tittle Award as Top Graduate from USAF
Test Pilot School
Meritorious Service Medal
NASA Exceptional Service Medal
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
NASA Space Flight Medal (3)
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