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Official NASA Communication 90-003

Official NASA Communication 90-003

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Mark HessHeadquarters, Washington, D.C. January 5, 1990(Phone: 202/453-4164) 3 P.M. ESTDick YoungKennedy Space Center, Fla.(Phone: 407/867-2468)RELEASE: 90-3TRULY MAKES KEY APPOINTMENTSNASA Administrator Richard H. Truly today named Thomas E.Utsman as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Flight(Management) and James A. "Gene" Thomas as the Deputy Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Fla.In his new capacity, Utsman will have overall responsibilityfor assisting William B. Lenoir, Associate Administrator forSpace Flight, in the day-to-day oversight management of the SpaceFlight programs. Specific responsibilities will includeoverseeing procurement activities, assessing program managementperformance and conducting long-range operational planning.George Abbey continues in his capacity as Deputy AssociateAdministrator.Utsman was both Deputy Director of Kennedy Space Center, apost he held since August 1985, and Director of Space Transporta-tion System Mangement and Operations, with responsibility for theengineering management and technical direction of return-to-flight activities in the post-Challenger era, which he performedfrom December 1986 until March 1989.Utsman began his NASA career in 1963 as a facilities designengineer in the Apollo program. In 1971 he was named to head theDesign Engineering Directorate's Project Engineering Office,which was assigned the task of converting old facilities andbuilding new facilities for launching the Space Shuttle. Hesubsequently served as Deputy Director of Project Management;Associate Director of Design Engineering; Director, Operations
Management; Deputy Director and Director of Technical Support;Director of Shuttle Operations; and Director of ShuttleManagement and Operations.-more-- 2 -Born in Detroit, Michigan, Utsman was graduated from FordsonHigh School, Dearborn, in 1954. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1958 and a Master's Degree in Management from FloridaState University in 1968.Utsman has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards,including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and, mostrecently, the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for hisoutstanding contributions to the Space Shuttle return-to-flighteffort.Thomas, who will serve as Deputy Director under Forrest S.McCartney, has been the KSC Director of Safety, Reliability andQuality Assurance since January 1987. In that post he has beenresponsible for developing and implementing overall safety policyand procedures at KSC and activities relating to KSC progams atCape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Vandenberg Air ForceBase, Calif.He joined NASA in 1962 and served as lead engineer forprelaunch testing and checkout of communications systems on theApollo spacecraft.Thomas became active in Space Shuttle activities early inthe progam, serving as the lead flight project engineer on theKSC engineering team which participated in Orbiter Vehicle 101(Enterprise) Approach and Landing Tests conducted at Edwards AFB,Calif., in 1976 and 1977.From November 1977 until June 1983, Thomas was lead orbiterflight project engineer for the Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia,first vehicle in the fleet to begin space flight. He later be-came chief shuttle flight project engineer, Shuttle EngineeringDirectorate, with overall responsibility for integration of all
testing and checkout of Shuttle orbiters, external tanks andsolid rocket booster flight hardware.From September 1985 until December 1986, Thomas served asActing Director and subsequently Director, of Shuttle Launch andLanding Operations.A native of Meridian, Miss., Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi StateUniversity in 1962. He was graduated from Florida State Univer-sity with a master's degree in technical management in 1973.His awards include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in1981 and the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1989.- end-TO: MDS/PRA Group1615 L Street, N.W. - Suite 100Washington, D.C. 20036DATE & TIME: FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 1990. 3:30 P.M.ORDERED BY: Edward CampionNASA Headquarters/LMD400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20546 PHONE: 202/453-8400PROJECT TITLE: Release No: 90-3PRINT ORDER: 2188PRINTING: Camera Ready, lst pg on NASA logo, other pages plainENCLOSE & MAIL: Release of 2 pagesMAIL DATE: MONDAU. JANUARY 8, 1990EXTRA COPIES: Deliver specified quanities to locations below:50 copies 275 copies 75 copies-------------------- ------------------- -----------------National Press Club NASA Mailroom NASA Newsroom13th floor newsrack NASA Headquarters NASA Headquarters

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