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STA luncheon with Bob Cabana, Director, KSC

Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017

Location: 253 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC, US, 20510

The Space Transportation Association is hosting a luncheon with Bob Cabana, Director, John F. Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, June 8.  Senator Bill Nelson (FL), Ranking Member on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will be providing an introduction.  Please find Mr. Cabana and Senator Nelson’s bios below.
Topic?                        Bob will provide an update on the latest from the Kennedy Space
Center in 2017 and beyond.
When?                        Thursday, June 8, 12:15pm – 1:45pm.
Where?                       253 Russell Senate Office Building, Senate Commerce Committee
Metro / Parking?       Nearest Metro stop is Union Station.  There is also a parking garage behind Union Station.   
Price?                         No charge, this event is a Widely Attended Gathering.  Details below.
RSVP?                       RSVP by Thursday, May 18.
Attendees?                 Two representatives per company.
Register?                    To register, email Rich Coleman at or
phone Rich at 703-855-3917.  Event is by invitation only.
Look forward to seeing you!
Rich Coleman
Space Transportation Association
Phone: 703-855-3917

More on WAG:  House, Senate, and Executive Branch employees, please contact your Ethics Counselor prior to the event to determine if you are authorized to accept free attendance under WAG rule (5 CFR 2635.204 (g)). If your Ethics Counselor deems you must pay to attend; the fair market value is $20.

Bob Cabana:

Robert D. Cabana is a former NASA astronaut, currently serving as director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida. In his current role, Cabana manages all NASA facilities and activities at the spaceport, including the team of civil service and contractor employees who operate and support numerous space programs and projects.

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cabana graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1971 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and completed Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola in 1972. Cabana then served as an A-6 bombardier/navigator with Marine Air Wings in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and Iwakuni, Japan.

Returning to Pensacola in 1975, Cabana began pilot training and was designated a naval aviator in September of 1976, earning the Daughters of the American Revolution award as the top Marine to complete flight training that year. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1981 and served in the Flight Systems Branch at the Naval Air Test Center until 1984. During his career, Cabana has logged over 7,000 hours in 50 different kinds of aircraft.

Cabana was selected as an astronaut candidate in June 1985 and completed his initial astronaut training in July 1986. He was assigned to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Astronaut Office, serving in a number of leadership positions, including lead astronaut in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory; Mission Control Spacecraft Communicator, famously known as CAPCOM; and chief of NASA's Astronaut Office.

A veteran of four spaceflights, Cabana has logged 38 days in space, serving as the pilot on STS-41 and STS-53 and mission commander on STS-65 and STS-88. His fourth flight was the first assembly mission of the International Space Station in December of 1998. Following his retirement as a colonel from the Marine Corps in September 2000, Cabana was appointed a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service. He served in numerous, challenging senior management positions at Johnson Space Center in Houston, ultimately becoming deputy director.

In October 2007, Cabana was appointed director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. A year later he was reassigned as the tenth director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center.

Cabana's many achievements have been recognized with induction into the Astronaut Hall of Fame and being named an Associate Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He has received numerous personal awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, and the National Space Club Florida Committee's Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award.  He also is a recipient of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement’s National Space Trophy.


Senator Bill Nelson:

Sen. Bill Nelson is a true son of Florida, his family coming to the Panhandle in 1829, and his grandparents homesteading in the early 20th Century on land that today is the Kennedy Space Center.

From a spot near there Nelson would launch into space in 1986 and spend six days orbiting the Earth aboard the space shuttle Columbia.

Nearly three decades later he still vividly recalls looking back at our planet from the window of the shuttle and not seeing any political, religious or racial divides.

"From that perspective, you can see how we’re all in this together," he says. "If we could just remember that, we’d sure get a lot more done."

It's that kind of perspective that has earned Nelson a reputation as a thoughtful, moderate voice in an increasingly partisan political world.

Nelson's public service career began in 1972, with his election to the Florida Legislature. He then served six terms in the U.S. Congress representing Orlando and the Space Coast, becoming an early champion of the environment.

In 1994, Nelson was elected to the Florida Cabinet as state Treasurer, Insurance Commissioner and Fire Marshal. During his six years in the post, he showed he was a common-sense problem solver and strong consumer advocate.

Nelson was first elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2000. Since then, he's stood up to the insurance companies, Wall Street banks and Big Oil. He's exposed the lies of BP about the Gulf spill. And he's created a blueprint forward for our nation’s space agency. Now in his third term, he's continuing to fight for lower taxes, better education, Medicare and Social Security.

He's someone who thinks public service is a noble calling - which is why he is devoted his life to serving his community, his state and his country.

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