For release: 02/13/03
Release #: 03-026
The Columbia Accident Investigation Board will be departing Huntsville on Saturday, Feb. 15. Media may cover the departure at the Signature Aviation facility at the Huntsville International Airport. Retired Navy Admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr., board chairman, and the other members of the board are scheduled to depart Huntsville at about 8 a.m. CST.
Media representatives will have the opportunity to cover the arrival of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board at the Signature Aviation facility at the Huntsville International Airport, on Friday, Feb. 14. Retired Navy Admiral Harold W. Gehman Jr., board chairman, and the other members of the board are scheduled to arrive at Signature Aviation at about 8:30 a.m. CST. Media should arrive and be in place by 8:15 a.m. We anticipate Admiral Gehman will be available to answer a few media questions.
In addition, a pool of one still and one video photographer, to be named by interested media organizations, will have the opportunity to cover the arrival of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board at the Marshall Space Flight Center, Building 4200 entrance, at about 8:45 a.m. CST. The pool should arrive and be in place by 8:30 a.m. Media also may cover the board's departure from Signature Aviation, expected Saturday morning at about 8:00 a.m.
The board is visiting the Marshall Center to learn more about the Space Shuttle work managed here. The independent board is charged with determining the cause of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident.
Board members accompanying Admiral Gehman are: Rear Admiral Stephen Turcotte, Commander, U.S. Naval Safety Center, Norfolk, Va.; Major General John L. Barry, Director, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; Major General Kenneth W. Hess, U.S. Air Force Chief of Safety, Washington, D.C.; Dr. James N. Hallock, Aviation Safety Division Chief, U.S. Department of Transportation, Cambridge, Mass.; Steven B. Wallace, Director, Office of Accident Investigation, Federal Aviation Administration, Washington, D.C.; Scott Hubbard, Director NASA Ames Research Center, Calif.; Roger E. Tetrault, former chairman of McDermott International Inc.; Brigadier General Duane Deal, Commander 21st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.; Steven Schmidt, Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator; and Bryan D. O'Connor, NASA's Associate Administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance.
To attend: News media interested in covering any of these activities should contact Jerry Berg of the Marshall Media Relations Department in advance of the event at (256) 544-0034.
The media pool should report to Gate 1, Martin Road exit at South Memorial Parkway and allow adequate time to clear security at the gate and travel to Building 4200. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of current car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Bldg. 4200 on the southwest side.
For more information, contact the Marshall Media Relations Department at (256) 534-0034.
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