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April 6, 1999

Kyle Herring/James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(Phone: 281-483-5111)

Release: J99-9

Holloway Named Space Station Manager, Dittemore to Head Shuttle; Brinkley Leaves NASA for Private Sector

NASA Space Shuttle Program Manager Tommy W. Holloway has been named manager of the International Space Station Program effective April 19, replacing Randolph H. Brinkley, who is departing NASA to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Ronald D. Dittemore, a 22-year veteran of the Space Shuttle Program, has been named to replace Holloway as Space Shuttle Program manager.

Holloway began his career with NASA in 1963, planning activities for Gemini and Apollo flights in the Mission Control Center. He was a flight director in Mission Control for early Space Shuttle flights and became chief of the Flight Director Office in 1985. In 1989, he was named assistant director for the Space Shuttle Program for the Mission Operations Directorate. In 1992, he became the Deputy Manager for Program Integration with the Space Shuttle Program, and, in 1994 he was named Director of the Phase I Program of Shuttle-Mir dockings. Holloway was named manager of the Space Shuttle Program in August 1995.

"I have never worked with a better team than those involved with the Shuttle program, and the decision to accept a position as manager of the Station program was a difficult one. I am extremely proud of the job those working on the Shuttle perform, and I am heartened by the fact that Ron Dittemore will manage the program," Holloway said. "The first components of the International Space Station are in orbit, but there are many exciting challenges ahead as we continue its assembly during the next five years."

Dittemore joined NASA in 1977 as a Space Shuttle propulsion systems engineer and worked as a propulsion systems flight controller in Mission Control during the early Shuttle flights. In 1985 he was selected as a Shuttle flight director in Mission Control, leading control teams during all phases of flights, including launch and entry.

In 1992, Dittemore was named Deputy Assistant Director of the Space Station Program in the Mission Operations Directorate at JSC. Since 1993, he has worked in management of the Space Shuttle Program, serving first as the Deputy Manager for Space Shuttle Program Integration and Operations. In 1995 he became Manager of Space Shuttle Program Integration and served as chairman of the Mission Management Team during Shuttle flights. In 1997 Dittemore was named Manager of the Space Shuttle Vehicle Engineering Office in the Space Shuttle Program.

"The Space Shuttle is more reliable, more capable and more efficient today than ever before. At the same time, with assembly of the station, the Shuttle has a bigger job ahead of it than ever before," Dittemore said. "As we do that job, above all, my goal is to fly the shuttle safely and continue the tradition of excellence that has been instilled in this program. The shuttle has a lot of life ahead with the capability to continue to fly for decades to come, and we plan to continue to make it as safe and efficient as possible as we build the station and prepare for the future."

Brinkley will be leaving by the end of April. He joined NASA in August 1992 in the Office of Space Flight following a distinguished career as an officer and pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In December 1992, he was named mission director for shuttle mission STS-61, the first servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. In January 1994, Brinkley was named manager of the International Space Station program at Johnson Space Center, overseeing the implementation of the newly redesigned project under a single prime contractor while incorporating Russia as a new partner.

Brinkley leaves a program that in the last three weeks has received distinguished awards for its accomplishments, including the National Space Club's Nelson P. Jackson Award and the United States Space Foundation's Space Achievement Award. Brinkley last week was presented the NASA Distinguished Service Medal by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin.

"I have been provided a truly unique opportunity to contribute to this historic and extraordinarily difficult undertaking by NASA and its international partners," Brinkley said. "With the long awaited first element launches of U.S. and Russian hardware and the incredibly successful on orbit assembly of Zarya and Unity, I take great professional pride and personal satisfaction in this historic accomplishment. Although there are many challenges ahead for the International Space Station, I have full confidence that the talented and dedicated members of the ISS team will continue to be successful."


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