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February 5, 2002

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NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and the White House announced on January 31, 2002, the President's intention to nominate former NASA astronaut and assistant deputy administrator, Major General Charles F. Bolden, U.S. Marine Corps, as NASA's next deputy administrator.

Bolden, 55, currently serves as the commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

"I am grateful for the President's overwhelming confidence in General Bolden. I could not ask for a more qualified partner to help lead this great agency," said Administrator O'Keefe. "His management and leadership skills in the fields of aeronautics and space technology will play a vital role in charting a new course for America's space program. I am delighted he accepted this nomination and look forward to welcoming him back to the NASA family. We are hopeful for expeditious consideration by the United States Senate."

Kevin Petersen, director of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., said "I am really looking forward to working with General Bolden. His broad aerospace experience and detailed operational knowledge will be a tremendous asset to NASA and the nation."

A veteran of four Space Shuttle flights, Bolden was pilot on STS-61C in 1986 and STS-31 in 1990, and was the mission commander on STS-45 in 1992. That same year, he was appointed assistant deputy administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, a position he held until 1994, when he was named commander of STS-60. He left the space program having logged more than 680 hours in orbit.

As deputy administrator, Bolden will serve as the chief operating officer for the agency and report directly to the Administrator. He will be responsible for directing and managing many of the programs and day-to-day operations and activities at NASA.


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