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Edmond F. Gormel
Former Executive Director
Joint Performance Management Office


Edmond F. Gormel was the Executive Director of the Joint Performance Management Office (JPMO) located at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The JPMO is a combined Air Force and NASA organization responsible for the management of the Joint Base Operations and Support Contract (J-BOSC). This unique organization, staffed by Air Force and NASA personnel, provides support services to the Nation's spaceport at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 

Mr. Gormel has been directly involved in the United States' space and launch business for over 30 years. After graduation in 1962 from the Air Force's Officer Training School and Communications Officer School, he was assigned to Vandenberg AFB, California. While there he served as Instrumentation and Range Safety Systems Branch Chief, directing the on-board installation and launch operation of systems supporting Titan, Atlas, and Minuteman missiles. 

Following completion of active military duty in 1966, Mr. Gormel joined Pan American's Aerospace Support Division at Cape Canaveral, Florida. While with Pan American he filled positions as Superintendent of Range Operations, Program Manager, and Special Assistant to the Manager of Cape Canaveral Support Services. 

In 1975, he entered Federal Service with the Naval Ordnance Test Unit (NOTU) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as Test Conductor for the development of the Trident I missile. In 1982, he was selected to be NOTU's Test Supervisor of Fleet Ballistic Missile Launch Operations. In 1984, Mr. Gormel transferred to the Air Force's Eastern Test Range (ETR), becoming the Chief, Range Scheduling Division. In 1988, he was selected to be the ETR Range Director. Mr. Gormel was named the Director of Plans for Air Force Space Command's 45th Space Wing at Patrick AFB in 1992. In 1998, he was selected to become the JPMO Executive Director, and promoted to the Senior Executive Service. 

Mr. Gormel is a 1962 graduate of the University of Rochester, and he earned an MBA from Stetson University in 1972. His awards include the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award, the 10-Year Fleet Ballistic Missile Service Award, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Mr. Gormel is also the recipient of Vice President Al Gore's Hammer Award for excellence in reinventing government. In 1989, he was selected the Civilian of the Year by the Los Angeles Air Force Association (AFA), and in 1995 he received the Florida AFA's General Lewis H. Brereton Award. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Office of Personnel Management's Executive Seminar Center. 

Mr. Gormel is married to the former Marjorie Grace of Waterbury, Vermont. They have two daughters-Jennifer Davidson-Gormel of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Captain Andrea Gormel, an Air Force Attorney.

June 2000

Biographies - Former Employees