NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken familiarize themselves with SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, the spacecraft that will transport them to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Their upcoming flight test is known as Demo-2, short for Demonstration Mission 2. The Crew Dragon will launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. (NASA photo)
When NASA astronaut Doug Hurley returned to Earth in 2011 after piloting the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station (ISS) in the shuttle program’s final mission, he assumed he’d made his last spaceflight.
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They’ve soared high in fighter jets and served under the sea in submarines, but now military-trained astronauts could prepare for a new, out-of-this-world destination: Mars.
Eleven new NASA astronauts – including seven who started their careers in the military – recently graduated from NASA’s rigorous two-year basic training. It’s the first class of astronauts to graduate under the Artemis program, which will be NASA’s return to the moon (NASA’s aiming for 2024) and journeys to Mars.
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The NDAA includes honorary promotion recommendations for two Air Force pilots: Lt. Col. Dick Cole, left, and Col. Charles McGee. (DoD photos)
Two heroic pilots – one a member of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, one a participant in the Doolittle Raid – have been recommended to the president for honorary promotions for their distinguished service thanks to the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act.
Col. Charles E. McGee, USAF (Ret), has been recommended for promotion to brigadier general, and Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole, USAF (Ret), would be posthumously promoted to colonel. The measure, which was signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 20 and includes several MOAA-backed provisions, recognizes the aviators’ service in air operations during World War II.
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How long does it take to train an officer? For some senior enlisted airmen, the answer may be as little as two weeks.
Select senior noncommissioned officers (SNCO) will have a chance to speed through the service’s Officer Training School (OTS) in as little as 14 days, as part of two beta test courses at the Officer Training School-Accelerated Commissioning Program will be offered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., beginning this summer. The courses, which include 36 SNCO candidates apiece, will take the place of the traditional 40-day OTS curriculum.
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The Army is overhauling its personnel system to fill positions with the most talented officers by digging deeper into their résumés and creating a competitive market.
Under the Army Talent Alignment Process (ATAP) program, officers will be able to search and apply for jobs across the Army, while commanders will have more choice in selecting people to fill positions in their units. Officers entering the winter 2019 move cycle were able to enter their information into the ATAP system in March, with assignments for that cycle beginning May 6, according to the Army.
“Whenever you allow people more voice into the system, I think that’s a good thing,” Army Secretary Mark Esper said during an April 25 roundtable interview from his Pentagon office. “We believe that will help retention and, in many ways, help recruiting, too.”
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