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USA Names Deputy Program Manager for Florida Operations; Safety, Quality Leadership Also Shifts to Launch Site

Press Release From: United Space Alliance
Posted: Tuesday, June 27, 2000

June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In anticipation of a steady increase in Shuttle flights to the International Space Station and in support of ongoing program-wide improvement initiatives, United Space Alliance has announced the establishment of the Office of Deputy Program Manager, Florida Operations.

U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) William ``Bill'' Pickavance has been named to the new post, effective July 1, 2000, and will be joined by former Shuttle astronaut Andrew Allen, who will serve as Director, Technical Operations.

``This new office will serve as the management focal point for all USA program operations in Florida and will strengthen our team for the next major phase in the program -- ISS assembly,'' said USA Program Manager Howard DeCastro. ``Bill's command experience will serve the program well as we continue to ramp up the flight rate and associated work. Andy's knowledge and technical experience will be invaluable in the integration of all the program work elements that have come together under USA management.''

As Vice President and Deputy Program Manager, Pickavance will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of all USA Space Shuttle program elements in Florida, including Ground Operations, Logistics and Solid Rocket Boosters. Pickavance will report directly to the USA Program Manager and will serve as the top program representative to the NASA customer at the Kennedy Space Center. Associate Program Managers (APMs) for each Florida element will report directly to him.

Pickavance joins USA following a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Navy beginning with his enlistment as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1968 and culminating in his most recent assignment as Director for Operations, U.S. Pacific Command. He served in a number of increasingly responsible capacities throughout his career as a Naval aviator and, among his many accomplishments, commanded the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk from June 1993 to January 1995, winning numerous awards for operational excellence.

As Director, Technical Operations, Allen will be responsible for the development and integration of technical operations across the Florida program elements. Allen, who previously served as Program Manager, Space Shuttle Development, will also advise Pickavance on program-wide technical issues.

As a NASA astronaut, Allen flew over 900 hours in space as Pilot of STS-46 and STS-62, and as Commander of STS-75. He served more than 20 years as a United States Marine Corps aviator, logging over 6,000 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft.

Replacing Allen as Program Manager, Space Shuttle Development, will be James Eyman who will report directly to Turner. Eyman has served as Vice President for Safety, Quality and Mission Assurance (S&MA) since January, 1999, and prior to that as Vice President and Associate Program Manager, Orbiter Element since USA was formed in 1996

Richard Beagley will replace Eyman as Vice President for Safety, Quality and Mission Assurance and will be located at the Kennedy Space Center, also reporting directly to Turner. As VP for SQ&MA, he will be responsible for USA's safety, quality and mission assurance for the International Space Station and Space Shuttle Programs, and for developing and maintaining total quality systems throughout USA. Beagley served as Director of Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance for USBI, before joining USA in October 1999.

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