NASA Affiliate Administrator and former astronaut Robert Cabana introduced Monday his retirement, efficient Sunday, Dec. 31 after greater than 38 years of service. As affiliate administrator, Cabana has been the company’s highest rating civil servant, third highest rating NASA official, and the senior advisor to NASA Administrator Invoice Nelson and Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy.
Amongst notable contributions to the nation throughout his NASA profession that included being an astronaut, Cabana flew in house 4 instances, together with twice as commander. His last house shuttle flight was the primary Worldwide House Station meeting mission. Cabana additionally was the director of the company’s Kennedy House Middle in Florida for greater than a decade. There he led its transition from retirement of the house shuttle to a multi-user spaceport as soon as once more launching NASA astronauts to low Earth orbit, and for the primary time, doing so with business companions.
“Bob is likely one of the most interesting leaders I’ve ever recognized. I’ve been lucky to know him for many years, and I couldn’t be prouder to have had such an excellent colleague and pal all through the years. Bob is an instance of the American grit, ardour, and excellence which might be woven into the material of our nation,” mentioned Nelson. “Pam and I are eternally grateful for the years of service and optimistic affect he has had on america, NASA, and house exploration and want him all the very best on his upcoming retirement.”
As affiliate administrator, Cabana leads NASA’s 10 heart administrators, in addition to the mission directorate affiliate directors at NASA Headquarters in Washington. He’s the company’s chief working officer for greater than 18,000 staff and oversaw an annual price range of greater than $25 billion.
“Main the distinctive individuals at NASA who discover the universe for the advantage of humanity has been an excellent honor,” mentioned Cabana. “From flying in house to guiding groups throughout the company in reaching NASA’s mission, I’m grateful for an unbelievable profession at NASA and within the house business, and grateful for all of the enriching friendships made all through this journey. I’ve been blessed to be a part of such a tremendous group these final 38 years and serving as affiliate administrator alongside Invoice and Pam has been a spotlight.”
Cabana was chosen as an astronaut candidate in June 1985 and accomplished coaching in July 1986. He logged 38 days in house throughout 4 shuttle missions. Cabana was a pilot aboard house shuttle Discovery on each the STS-41 mission in October 1990 that deployed the Ulysses spacecraft and the STS-53 mission in December 1992. He was the mission commander aboard house shuttle Columbia for the STS-65 mission in July 1994 that carried out experiments as a part of the second Worldwide Microgravity Laboratory mission. He commanded house shuttle Endeavour for the STS-88 mission in December 1998.
Cabana was appointed a member of the Federal Senior Government Service in 2000 and served in quite a few senior administration positions at NASA’s Johnson House Middle in Houston, finally changing into deputy director. He was named director of NASA’s Stennis House Middle in Mississippi in October 2007 and a yr later was chosen because the Kennedy director.
Born in Minneapolis, Cabana graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971 with a bachelor’s diploma in arithmetic. He turned a naval aviator and graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Take a look at Pilot Faculty in 1981. In his profession, Cabana logged over 7,000 hours in additional than 50 completely different sorts of plane. He retired as a colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps in September 2000.
Cabana’s many achievements have been acknowledged with induction into the Astronaut Corridor of Fame and being named an Affiliate Fellow within the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow within the Society of Experimental Take a look at Pilots. He has acquired quite a few private awards and decorations, together with the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award. He is also a recipient of the Rotary Nationwide Award for House Achievement’s Nationwide House Trophy.
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