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Army Veteran Leads Glenn's External Programs Division
Portrait - Steve SandersonStephen J. Sanderson, Chief, External Programs Division. Image Credit: NASA Steve Sanderson likes to tell stories. As a journalist and former soldier, he spent the last 40 years sharing stories of leadership, challenges and achievement in the U.S. Army. As the new chief of the External Programs Division at NASA's Glenn Research Center, Sanderson will now communicate Glenn's mission and vision to further science and technology.

In his new position, Sanderson will oversee both the Community and Media Relations and Educational Programs offices. He is responsible for the development and implementation of educational, information and outreach programs that contribute to scientific literacy and communicate Glenn's work to the public.

"It's my goal to showcase the accomplishments of Glenn to local and regional communities," Sanderson said. "I want to expand educational outreach and strengthen and renew partnerships with other organizations that have similar missions."

Sanderson's career in the military spanned the globe from the United States to locations in Asia, Africa and Europe. He served for more than 20 years as an active-duty soldier. Upon retirement, he quickly became a public affairs civil servant with the famed Screaming Eagles, 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. A dozen years later, Sanderson would deploy with Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, to Kuwait and Iraq as a public affairs advisor.

Most recently Sanderson served as the senior civilian public affairs official for U.S. Army Africa focused on showcasing the accomplishments of our men and women in uniform to increase the capacity of African militaries, strengthen partnerships and protect U.S. interests there. He was the lead public affairs official selected to accompany U.S. medical teams to Tripoli, Libya leading the efforts to report on the aero-medical evacuations of wounded Libyan freedom fighters in October 2011.

Sanderson has received many military awards in mass communication including the Army's prestigious Keith L. Ware journalism award for excellence in writing, broadcasting and Web design; and the Defense Department's Thomas Jefferson mass media award. He remains one of the U.S. Army's most highly decorated public affairs officers.

"NASA and the U.S. military have a long-standing relationship," said Glenn Director Ray Lugo. "Steve brings a vast amount of unique experience and a new perspective to share our story with the public."

"It's great to be here among people whose dreams have no bounds," Sanderson says. "I look forward to serving the community at large - connecting with the community and growing from the experiences of meeting students whose eyes are set on the stars."
Nancy Smith Kilkenny, SGT Inc.
NASA's Glenn Research Center