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Brig. Gen. (Select) Susan J. Helms, U.S. Air Force

Deputy Director, Operations for Technical Training, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command

Before her current assignment, Colonel Helms was Vice Commander of the 45th Space Wing where she oversaw military space launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and Eastern Range support for commercial, NASA and military space launches from CCAFS and Kennedy Space Center, along with ballistic missile tests at sea. Selected for the astronaut program in 1990, she flew on five Space Shuttle flights and served aboard the International Space Station as member of the Expedition 2 crew. She logged 211 days in space, including a world-record extravehicular activity of 8 hours, 56 minutes. After receiving a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and her commission, Helms was assigned to the Air Force Armament Laboratory as F-16 Weapons Separation Engineer, and then became Lead Engineer, F-15 weapons separation. In 1985 she received her M.S. in Aeronautics/Astronautics from Stanford University and returned to the Air Force Academy as Assistant Professor of Aeronautics. After attending the Air Force Test Pilot School in 1988, Helms was assigned as Exchange Officer to Canada's Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, where she worked as Flight Test Engineer and Project Officer on the CF-18. She was managing development of a CF-18 flight control system simulation when selected by NASA. Helms returned to the Air Force in 2002 to direct the Space Superiority Division, Space Command Requirements Directorate.

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