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March 4, 2002

NASA ADMINISTRATOR NAMES GREGORY ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR FOR SPACE FLIGHT NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today named Frederick D. Gregory as the Associate Administrator for Space Flight, placing him permanently in charge of the agency's Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise. Gregory, 60, has served as Acting Associate Administrator for the office since December, when he replaced Joseph H. Rothenberg, who retired. "I am pleased Fred agreed to make this commitment to what is one of the most important positions within NASA," said Administrator O'Keefe. "He brings great experience and leadership to this office, and his commitment to safety is vital as our human space flight program moves forward." Astronaut William F. Readdy will remain in the critical senior leadership position of Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Flight with expanded responsibilities over major programs, operations and management of the Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise. Before accepting his appointment in the Office of Space Flight, Gregory was the Associate Administrator for Safety and Mission Assurance. The veteran astronaut was the senior executive responsible for the safety and reliability of all NASA programs. Gregory was selected as an astronaut in 1978, after a distinguished career with the U.S. Air Force. He logged nearly 7,000 hours in 50 types of aircraft, including 550 combat missions over Vietnam. At NASA, Gregory logged more than 455 hours in space during three Space Shuttle missions. In 1985, he served as pilot on board Challenger during STS51B. Gregory was mission commander for STS-33 in 1989 and STS-44 in 1991.

"This is an exciting time for the Office of Space Flight and this agency," said Gregory. "I deeply appreciate Administrator O'Keefe's confidence in me, and I will work to meet his objectives to make space exploration safe and more affordable, and to involve the public in the benefits and excitement of human space flight." Gregory has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, 16 Air Medals, The Air Force Commendation Medal and three NASA Space Flight medals. His honors also include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Award, the National Society of Black Engineers Distinguished National Scientist Award, the George Washington University Distinguished Alumni Award and an "Ira Eaker Fellow" by the Air Force Association. Additional information about Gregory is available on the Internet at: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/codeq/ http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/gregory-fd.html -end-