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Maj. Gen. William A. Anders, U.S. Air Force Reserve (Ret.)

Major General Anders was selected for the astronaut corps in 1963. He was the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 8 and backup Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11. Anders subsequently received Presidential appointments to the National Aeronautics and Space Council, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (where he was the first Chairman), and he served as U.S. Ambassador to Norway. Anders held executive positions at a number of corporations, including General Electric, Textron and General Dynamics, where he was Chairman and CEO. While in that position, he was awarded the National Security Industrial Association's "CEO of the Year" award. Anders established several world flight records and has received numerous awards, including Distinguished Service Medals from the Air Force, NASA and the Atomic Energy Commission. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Experimental Aircraft Association. He is also the founder and President of the Heritage Flight Museum. Anders received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and earned his pilot's wings in 1956. He received his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology, graduating with honors.

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