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Tracy Young
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

RELEASE : 37-07
Knoxville Native Talone Assumes New Role in Constellation Program
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's John J. "Tip" Talone Jr. recently was appointed to the position of associate program manager of the Constellation Program at Kennedy Space Center. Talone will report directly to Kennedy's center director and the Constellation Program manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, acting as a liaison between the center and the program.

In his new position, Talone will ensure technical and operational issues are identified and resolved, represent the Constellation Program and the center to external entities, and provide program insight into NASA and contractor activities throughout the development cycle of the program. He has served as director of the Constellation Project Office since its inception in 2005.

Talone served as director of International Space Station and payloads processing for five years at Kennedy. He was responsible for the management and integration, ground processing, testing and verification of station assembly elements prior to launch. Talone also served as the center's primary interface with the station international partners and space shuttle payload scientists.

Talone began his NASA career in 1965 and has held several key managerial positions. During his early years with the agency, Talone served in various capacities in the Saturn/Apollo lunar landing, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz programs. During his assignment to the Space Shuttle Program, he served as launch pad manager, shuttle operations integration manager and flow director for Space Shuttles Columbia, Discovery and Endeavour.

Throughout his career, Talone has received numerous awards including the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award, Spaceflight Awareness Leadership Award, Presidential Rank Meritorious and Distinguished Executive, and the 2004 Dr. Kurt H. Debus Award, to name a few.

Talone is a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School and holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee. He is the son of the late Geraldine Johnson of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the late John Talone Sr. of Knoxville.

Talone resides in Indialantic, Fla., with his wife, Cindy. He has three stepchildren: Audra, Phillip and Sarah Tamblyn.

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