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Lt. Gen. Forrest S. McCartney, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)


Lt. General McCartney was Commander of the Ballistic Missile Organization (responsible for development of the Minuteman and Peacekeeper ICBMs), Commander of the Air Force Space Division and Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command. He directed several major satellite programs. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, as well as the General Thomas D. White Space Trophy and the Military Astronautical Trophy. Following the Challenger accident, McCartney was assigned to NASA and served as Director of the Kennedy Space Center until 1992. His numerous awards include NASA's Distinguished Service Medal, the Presidential Rank Award, the National Space Club Goddard Memorial Trophy and the AIAA Von Braun Award for Excellence in Space Program Management. After 40 years of military and civil service, McCartney became an industry consultant, specializing in evaluation of hardware failure and flight readiness. At Lockheed Martin, from 1994 to 2001, he was Astronautics Vice President for Launch Operations. McCartney was Vice Chairman of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and an honorary doctorate from the Florida Institute of Technology.

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