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Col. Michael J. Bloomfield, U.S. Air Force

Astronaut Office Operations Officer, NASA

Colonel Bloomfield is a NASA astronaut who has logged more than 753 hours in space. The Space Shuttle veteran was a crewmember aboard Atlantis in 1997, Endeavour in 2000 and Atlantis in 2002. A Shuttle Commander and Pilot, he has served as Director of Shuttle Operations, Chief Instructor Astronaut, and Chief of Safety in the Astronaut Office. He was Astronaut Representative to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board. Before entering training at the Johnson Space Center in 1995, Bloomfield served as test pilot for all models of the F-16 at Edwards Air Force Base, as well as Safety Officer and Flight Commander for the 416th Flight Test Squadron. From 1983 until 1991, he served as a combat-ready pilot and instructor pilot in the F-15. He completed the F-15 Fighter Weapons Instructor Course and was honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. In 1983 he won the Commanders Trophy as Top Graduate from Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training. Bloomfield holds a B.S. in Engineering Mechanics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an M.S. in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University. He was also 1980 Captain of the U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon Football Team.

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