Debus Center 2013 Dinner Photos
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the photos from our Debus Center 2013 dinner.
Brevard Space Days 2013
Brevard Space Days 2012 was a rousing success with over 6500 Brevard County sixth
graders and their science teachers participating in a full day of organized and
hands-on activities at Kennedy Space Center (KSC). All of us in the National Space
Club can take great pride in knowing that we initiated this program and through
the generosity of individuals and companies like yours have contributed $250,000
towards the program’s overall cost since its inception.
This year’s program will be held over a nine day period from December 3 through
December 13, 2013. The program was started seven years ago and it gets better each
year. From the beginning, funding for this program has come from outside the Brevard
School’s operating budget and is dependent on contributions from the community.
The National Space Club has again pledged a minimum of $25,000 from the aerospace
community towards this important program with the Brevard schools foundation raising
funds from the community at large and through possible grants that match funding
from private industry.
According to a report from the National Science Foundation, the United States could
soon lose its prominence in science and technology with twenty-four nations in 2000
awarding a higher percentage of science and engineering degrees. Space Days has
proven to motivate our school administrators and teachers to increase emphasis on
teaching math and science as well as stimulating student interest. As such, I have
committed the National Space Club to continue sponsorship at the same level as in
On behalf of the National Space Club, I am requesting our community’s financial
help again. All contributions to the National Space Club (a 501c3 entity) will go
directly to Space Days. Contributions should be made to the following:
National Space Club-Florida Committee
P.O. Box 21243
Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32815-0243
Robert D. Cabana, Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, Named 2013
Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award
Robert D. Cabana, Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy
Space Center (KSC) in Florida, has been selected by the National Space Club (NSC)
Florida Committee to receive its 2013 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award. Cabana will be honored
at the Debus Award Dinner on Saturday, April 27, 2013. The formal event, which begins
at 6:30 pm, will be held at the Debus Conference Facility at the KSC Visitor Complex.
"Bob’s devotion to his country and the U.S. space program has been exemplary,”
said NSC Chairman Jim McCarthy. “He started his career as a naval test pilot,
became an astronaut and has most recently provided exceptional leadership as NASA
KSC's Center Director for safely flying the Shuttle program into retirement; while
laying out a vision and executing a transformation plan of KSC to be a 21st Century
Launch Complex." The Debus Award was created by the NSC Florida Committee to recognize
significant achievements and contributions made in Florida to American aerospace
efforts. It is named for KSC’s first Director, Dr. Kurt H. Debus.
Cabana is the tenth director of the KSC where he manages a team of approximately
8,600 civil service and contractor employees. Prior to his appointment to Kennedy
in October 2008, the former space shuttle astronaut served as the director of NASA’s
Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cabana graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy
in 1971, with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and was commissioned as an officer
in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test
Pilot School and has logged over 7,000 hours in 36 different aircraft.
Cabana was selected as an astronaut candidate in June of 1985, completing his training
in 1986. He has flown four space shuttle missions serving as the pilot of Discovery
on STS-41 in October 1990, the pilot of Discovery on STS-53 in December 1992, the
commander of Columbia on STS-65 in July 1994, and the commander of Endeavour on
STS-88, the first space station assembly mission, in December 1998.
Before being named the director of Stennis Space Center in October 2007, Cabana
served as deputy director of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston,
Texas. In addition to his duties as an astronaut, Cabana’s NASA experience
includes assignments as deputy chief, Aircraft Operations Division; chief, NASA
Astronaut Office; manager, International Operations; director, International Space
Station Program; deputy, NASA Human Space Flight Program in Russia; deputy, International
Space Station Program; and director, Flight Crew Operations.
He is married to the former Nancy Joan Shimer of Cortland, N.Y. They have three
children; two sons and a daughter.
AF Major Kenneth Holmes Named 2012 McCartney National Defense Space Award Recipient
at January NSC Event
The National Space Club (NSC) of Florida recently named Air Force Major Kenneth
A. Holmes the 2012 Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award recipient.
He will be recognized at the January 8, luncheon meeting held at 11:30 am at the
Radisson at the Port in Cape Canaveral. Brigadier General Anthony Cotton, 45th Space
Wing Commander, will present the award and give an update on the 45th Space Wing
and Eastern Range.
“The NSC is proud to recognize Maj Holmes for his contribution to the defense
of our nation through his leadership and technical expertise of space capabilities,”
said NSC Chairman Jim McCarthy. “He is the perfect choice for the first award
renamed after General McCartney.” McCarthy, along with Brig General Cotton,
will present the award to Major Holmes at the luncheon. Click here to read about Major Kenneth A. Holmes..
click here to read Patrick Air Force Base article on Maj Holmes.
The award, previously known as the Florida National Defense Space Award, was renamed
the Forrest S. McCartney National Defense Space Award in memory of Air Force Lieutenant
General McCartney who served with exemplary distinction as the fourth director of
the Kennedy Space Center. Lt General McCartney died on July 17, 2012.
Photos from John F. Kennedy Space Center 50th Anniversary Gala
the photos from the John F. Kennedy Space Center 50th Anniversary Gala "Celebrating
the (Past and Preparing for the Future" held on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at
5:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Space Center, Apollo/Saturn V Center.
Photos from 2012 Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Luncheon
view the photos from the Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Luncheon held on September
Change in Corporate Luncheon Rates
Effective January 2013, the NSC Corporate luncheon table rate will be $220, accordingly,
due to increased operating costs of the Club. Your understanding is appreciated.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Honorees
Art Edwards was born and raised in Marianna, Florida. He received his Bachelors
of Science in Physics, from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fl and his Master’s
of Science Industrial Engineering from the University of Miami in Coral Gables,
Fl. He began his KSC career in April 1967 as a NASA Engineering Co-op Student and
retired from United Space Alliance in July 2012.
Art was an Apollo-Saturn electrical engineer, original Rockwell Space Shuttle Team
member and a STS-1/2 Prime Shuttle Launch Team member. Art worked closely with the
Canadian Engineering Team during design/development of the Space Shuttle Remote
Manipulator System (RMS) and provided technical leadership in the Installation/integration
of the RMS on STS-2. Art’s team of software engineers re-plat formed the shuttle
ground test & checkout software for Post-Challenger Return-To-Flight (RTF) and Art’s
leadership was key in the delivery of the applications software ahead of schedule
& below budget. Most notable in his career is the vision & leadership that he provided
in improving the Spaceport safety culture through certification/ participation in
the OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP).
Art’s career with Lockheed Martin and United Space Alliance has included Senior
Management assignments as Deputy Director SQ&MA, Director- Quality Office, Director-
Launch Processing System and USA Corporate ESH Florida Manager. As a member of the
Region IV VPPPA Board of Directors, Art has worked closely with OSHA and other VPP
companies in improving safety across the 8 southeast states (Ala., Fla. , Ga., Ky.,
Miss., N.C., S.C., Tenn., ) comprising OSHA Region IV. He is presently providing
VPP/safety consultative services to Boeing/CAPPS at KSC. Art and his wife Audrey
are the proud parents of two adult children and grandparents of six.
Addison Bain, Ph.D.
Dr. Addison Bain’s exemplary space career spans almost fifty years working
for NASA, Air Force and numerous space industry contractors. In 1959 he joined the
Wernher von Braun team at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency as a physicist in the
Guidance and Control lab. In this role he developed the gravity feedback equations
for use in the Redstone, Jupiter and Saturn vehicles. Bain later took a position
with Brown Engineering in Huntsville, designing propellant and gases ground support
systems for the Cape in support of the Apollo program. In 1965 he joined NASA/KSC
where he created a fleet of propellants and gases mobile equipment to support the
needs at the launch pads, labs and spacecraft checkout facilities at KSC and CCAFS.
Instrumental in the Eastern Test Range/KSC propellants function consolidation, he
created the Propellants North and Propellants South concept.
As Chief of Propellants and Life Support, Bain oversaw logistics management supporting
Space Shuttle, Delta, Atlas, Centaur, Agena, Titan, Trident and Poseidon programs
and oversaw the development of the “blue suit.” After serving as an
advisor to the Air Force at Vandenberg AFB and advisor to the Director of Advanced
Program Development at NASA HQ, he returned to KSC as technical assistant to the
KSC Center Support Operations Director where he was instrumental in implementing
the natural gas supply to KSC and CCAFS. Bain received a Bachelor and Master’s
of Science from Florida Institute of Technology in Space and Systems Management
and a Doctorate in Engineering Management. Known internationally as an expert in
hydrogen technologies, he was instrumental in the founding of many US and international
hydrogen associations most notably the ISO TC 197 Hydrogen Technologies that govern
implementation standards of a worldwide hydrogen energy economy. On behalf of NASA,
he accepted the International Association for Hydrogen Energy Konstantin Tsiolkosvky
Award for “Pioneering the Applications of Hydrogen for Space Exploration.”
Bain and his wife Sharon reside in Melbourne.
Terry Greenfield’s significant contributions to the U.S. Military missile
and rocket and the U.S. Space Program began in 1955 with both civil service and
contractor involvement with launch vehicles, spacecraft and ground systems. With
the U.S. Army, Greenfield developed ground systems and activated launch facilities
for the Redstone, Jupiter, Juno, and Pershing Missile programs; served as a test
engineer for power, launch control, ordnance; and served as test Conductor for systems
overall tests. He worked America’s as test first satellite, JPL’s Explorer
I, and on the Mercury Redstone program with MR1, MR 2 and Alan Shepard’s historical
MR3 flight. In 1960 he joined NASA/KSC continuing with test and launch of Jupiter,
Juno, Combat Training Launches (CTL), Pershing flight vehicles, then Saturn I, Saturn
IB, and Saturn V launch teams as a test engineer, systems engineer and then as Electrical
Systems Branch Chief. After briefly leaving NASA, Greenfield returned in 1970 to
NASA/KSC System Engineering Division on ground systems development for the Space
Shuttle Program and then in design and development technical management of LPS Checkout,
Control and Monitoring System (CCMS). He later became Networks Engineering Division
Chief of the KSC Design Engineering Directorate and was on the Mishap Investigation
Board, where he served as Board Chairman and received a Performance Management and
Recognition System (PMRS) award for exemplary performance. In 1986 he became Electronic
Support Division Chief, received his second PMRS award, a NASA Honor Award for exemplary
performance, and served as Source Board Chairman for the OPF Annex addition, Payload
Transporter and OIS-D acquisitions. Following his 1989 NASA retirement, Greenfield
provided consulting engineering services to EG&G, General Dynamics, Vitro/Essex,
and Boeing Aerospace. He joined I-NET later becoming Dynacs then USTDC and retired
in 2011. He has since assisted with the Air Force LC-26 Rocket Garden refurbishment
and provides leadership advice to Technical Applications Unlimited, Inc., an emerging
service-disabled veteran-owned small business aerospace contractor. Greenfield received
his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Penn State. He and his wife Jean have
two grown sons and four grandchildren.
Congratulations to National Space Club 2012 Rising Star Honoree Terry Tullis
As NSC’s second Rising Star award recipient, Terry Tullis, has worked for
Nelson Engineering Co. since 2005, where he provides safety and design engineering
services for the aerospace industry. He graduated from the University of Central
Florida with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer, a
LEED Accredited Professional, and a Commissioning Process Management Professional.
He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society
of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers; the U.S. Green Building
Council; and the National Space Club Florida Committee.
He received a NASA Certificate of Appreciation and a NASA Group Achievement Award
for work performed in support of the Constellation Program. He currently works on
the Engineering Services Contract at KSC where he continues to serve the space industry.
Terry is committed to community involvement and mentoring our youth. He has served
on the Science, Technology, Engineering, Aerospace, and Manufacturing (STEAM) Academy
Advisory Council for Space Coast High School since 2008 and volunteers for the Mens’
Golf Program at Titusville High School. Terry also coordinates the annual Toys for
Tots collection program for Nelson Engineering Co. He and his wife, Amanda, live
in Titusville and are expecting their first child in November.
Craig Technologies Relocates to Former NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot
Craig Technologies announced today that the company is consolidating their corporate
headquarters and manufacturing division to occupy the former NASA Shuttle Logistics
Depot (NSLD) building in Cape Canaveral, effective October 1.
The 161,000 SF facility will house the company's administrative offices and over
2,000 pieces of specialized avionics manufacturing and test equipment, some once
used to process orbiters and payloads during NASA's Shuttle Program.
"This facility will enable us to grow our manufacturing operations, and accommodate
a larger workforce as time goes on," said CEO Carol Craig. "It's an honor to be
a part of the Cape Canaveral community as a contributor to the new commercial space
economy, along with defense, transportation, and other industries."
The move follows the June 28 signing of a Space Act Agreement with Kennedy Space
Center and recent negotiations with vacating tenant United Space Alliance and the
building's owner, Cape Canaveral Joint Ventures, a locally-owned business.
The service-disabled veteran-owned firm purchased capital equipment and assets from
United Space Alliance and will re-open the building as the Craig Technologies Aerospace
& Defense Manufacturing Center (ADMC) January 1, 2013. The company will sublease
a portion of office and manufacturing space to United Space Alliance through the
end of 2012.
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Host Public Tours
The 45th Space Wing Public Affairs Office offers free tours of CCAFS originating
at the History Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays. For reservations, call (321)
494-5945 or e-mail email@example.com. Check www.patrick.af.mil
(lower left corner of page) for further
info including calendars showing open and full tour dates.
Air Force Space and Missile Museum
The Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station preserves
both the hardware and the spirit of United States' ventures into space. The museum
displays numerous missiles, rockets and related space equipment.
Please click here to
visit the Air Force Space and Missile Museum website.
Our mailing address is
Air Force Space and Missile Museum
191 Museum Circle
Patrick AFB, FL 32925-2535
You can reach the Museum Director at 321-853-9171.
Our email addreess is