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Ronald J. Garan

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Ronald J. Garan, Jr. (Colonel, USAF, RET.)
NASA Astronaut
PERSONAL DATA: Born on October 30, 1961
EXPERIENCE: Garan received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1984 and earned his wings at Vance AFB, OK in 1985. He completed F-16 training at Luke AFB, AZ and reported to Hahn Air Base in former West Germany where he served as a combat ready F-16 pilot in the 496th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), from 1986-88. In March 1988, he was reassigned to the 17th TFS, Shaw AFB, SC, were he served as an instructor pilot, evaluator pilot, and combat ready F-16 pilot. While stationed at Shaw he attended the USAF Fighter Weapons School, graduating in 1989, and then returned to the 17th TFS to assume the position of Squadron Weapons Officer. From August 1990 through March 1991, he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he flew combat missions in the F-16. In 1991, Garan was reassigned to the USAF Weapons School where he served as an F-16 Weapons School Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer. In 1994, he was reassigned to the 39th Flight Test Squadron (FTS), Eglin AFB, FL where he served as a developmental test pilot and chief F-16 pilot. Garan attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD from January through December 1997, after which he was reassigned to the 39th FTS, Eglin AFB, FL where he served as the Director of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Combined Test Force. Garan was the Operations Officer of the 40th FTS when he was selected for the astronaut program. He has logged over 5,000 hours in more than 30 different aircraft. Garan retired from the Air Force on June 1, 2009.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000, Colonel Garan reported for training in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station and Shuttle Operations Branches and contributed to both the Columbia mishap investigation and Return-to-Flight efforts. In April of 2006, he became an aquanaut through his participation in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO 9 (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research laboratory. During this 18-day mission, the six person crew of NEEMO 9 developed lunar surface exploration procedures and telemedical technology applications in support of our Nationís Vision for Space Exploration. Ron Garan completed his first space flight in 2008 on STS-124 as Mission Specialist 2 (Flight Engineer) for ascent and entry, and has logged over 13 days in space and 20 hours and 32 minutes of EVA in three spacewalks. Garan is currently assigned to Expedition 27/28 and scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station in March 2011 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month mission.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-124 Discovery (May 31 to June 14, 2008) was the 123rd Space Shuttle flight, and the 26th Shuttle flight to the International Space Station. STS-124 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and docked with the International Space Station on June 2 to deliver the Japanese Experiment Module-Pressurized Module (JEM-PM) and the Japanese Remote Manipulator System. STS-124 Shuttle astronauts delivered the 37-foot (11-meter) Kibo lab, added its rooftop storage room and Garan accumulated 20 hours and 32 minutes of EVA in three spacewalks required to maintain the station and to prime the new Japanese module's robotic arm for work during nine days docked at the orbiting laboratory. The STS-124 mission was completed in 218 orbits, traveling 5,735.643 miles in 13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes and 7 seconds.

NASA Astronaut
PERSONAL DATA: Born on October 30, 1961
EXPERIENCE: Garan received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 1984 and earned his wings at Vance AFB, OK in 1985. He completed F-16 training at Luke AFB, AZ and reported to Hahn Air Base in former West Germany where he served as a combat ready F-16 pilot in the 496th Tactical Fighter Squadron (TFS), from 1986-88. In March 1988, he was reassigned to the 17th TFS, Shaw AFB, SC, were he served as an instructor pilot, evaluator pilot, and combat ready F-16 pilot. While stationed at Shaw he attended the USAF Fighter Weapons School, graduating in 1989, and then returned to the 17th TFS to assume the position of Squadron Weapons Officer. From August 1990 through March 1991, he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he flew combat missions in the F-16. In 1991, Garan was reassigned to the USAF Weapons School where he served as an F-16 Weapons School Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer. In 1994, he was reassigned to the 39th Flight Test Squadron (FTS), Eglin AFB, FL where he served as a developmental test pilot and chief F-16 pilot. Garan attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, MD from January through December 1997, after which he was reassigned to the 39th FTS, Eglin AFB, FL where he served as the Director of the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Combined Test Force. Garan was the Operations Officer of the 40th FTS when he was selected for the astronaut program. He has logged over 5,000 hours in more than 30 different aircraft. Garan retired from the Air Force on June 1, 2009.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000, Colonel Garan reported for training in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station and Shuttle Operations Branches and contributed to both the Columbia mishap investigation and Return-to-Flight efforts. In April of 2006, he became an aquanaut through his participation in the joint NASA-NOAA, NEEMO 9 (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations), an exploration research mission held in Aquarius, the world's only undersea research laboratory. During this 18-day mission, the six person crew of NEEMO 9 developed lunar surface exploration procedures and telemedical technology applications in support of our Nationís Vision for Space Exploration. Ron Garan completed his first space flight in 2008 on STS-124 as Mission Specialist 2 (Flight Engineer) for ascent and entry, and has logged over 13 days in space and 20 hours and 32 minutes of EVA in three spacewalks. Garan is currently assigned to Expedition 27/28 and scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station in March 2011 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft for a six-month mission.
SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-124 Discovery (May 31 to June 14, 2008) was the 123rd Space Shuttle flight, and the 26th Shuttle flight to the International Space Station. STS-124 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and docked with the International Space Station on June 2 to deliver the Japanese Experiment Module-Pressurized Module (JEM-PM) and the Japanese Remote Manipulator System. STS-124 Shuttle astronauts delivered the 37-foot (11-meter) Kibo lab, added its rooftop storage room and Garan accumulated 20 hours and 32 minutes of EVA in three spacewalks required to maintain the station and to prime the new Japanese module's robotic arm for work during nine days docked at the orbiting laboratory. The STS-124 mission was completed in 218 orbits, traveling 5,735.643 miles in 13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes and 7 seconds.

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