Jack I. Gregory, Jr. is Director for Mission Support at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, California. As such, he is responsible for oversight of the center's administrative support departments to ensure they provide efficient and effective support of the center’s mission of advancing science and technology through flight. Gregory assumed his present position in June 2014.
Included among the departments falling under the Mission Support Directorate are the offices of Acquisition Management, Facilities Engineering and Asset Management, Human Resources Management and Development, Education, Strategic Communications and Protective Services.
Prior to coming to NASA Armstrong, Gregory served as Chief of Staff of the Air Force Test Center, previously the Air Force Flight Test Center, from October 2007 until June 2014, assisting the center’s commander with directing the developmental flight test and base support activities at Edwards Air Force Base and other test locations around the nation.
Gregory served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for almost 29 years from November 1978 through July 2007. His last active duty positions were two-year assignments as vice commander of the AFFTC from 2003 to 2005 and vice commander of the Eleventh Air Force at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska from 2005 to 2007.
His earlier assignments included flying duties throughout the U.S. and Europe as a pilot and instructor pilot in the F-4 and F-16, and staff assignments working international affairs issues in Korea and at the Pentagon. He commanded at the squadron and group levels and was qualified as a joint specialty officer.
Gregory retired with the rank of colonel after 29 years of active-duty service in the USAF. During this time, he logged more than 3,400 flight hours in the F-4 and F-16 and received numerous awards for meritorious service and outstanding achievement.
Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Berry College, Mt. Berry, Georgia. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1994 and earned a second master's degree in strategic studies from the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base in 2000. Gregory’s military education includes attendance at the Air Command and Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Air War College.