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John C. Van Hooser, Jr.
Former Manager
NASA/Air Force Management and Comprehensive Master Planning Office
Spaceport Services

John C. Van Hooser, Jr. is the Manager for Comprehensive Master Planning, Aircraft Management, NASA/AF Liaison Office located at Patrick Air Force Base for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. He is responsible for comprehensive master planning for KSC and for establishing a comprehensive master plan for the Cape Canaveral Spaceport, working with KSC elements, USAF, the community, state, and other federal agencies. Additionally duties include the management of the NASA/KSC Aircraft and landing fields.

Mr. Van Hooser was born and raised in Woodbury, Tennessee. He graduated from Cannon County High and received a Bachelors' of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1966. Following graduation, he joined NASA/KSC as a systems engineer for the Apollo Program. 

Following the Apollo and Skylab Programs, he was reassigned as a lead engineer to the Shuttle Design Team. His 20 years of Shuttle service included system engineer, Lead Test Engineer for the Shuttle Approach and Land Testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Shuttle Project Engineer, Shuttle Payload Integration Manager for Scientific and DoD Payloads, and Chief of Shuttle Payload Operations Division. Following his Shuttle activities, Mr. Van Hooser was an Engineering Consultant to the Director of Installation Operations.

Mr. Van Hooser and his wife, the former Teresa St. John of Woodbury, Tenn., have one child, Patrick, and currently live in Merritt Island, Fla. 

April 2003

Biographies - Former Employees