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January 14, 1994 (Phone: 202/358-0547) RELEASE: 94-9 BROOKS APPOINTED SPACE COMMUNICATIONS DEPUTY AA NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin announced today the appointment of Brigadier General Elmer T. Brooks, USAF (Retired), as the Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA's Office of Space Communications (OSC), NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., effective Jan. 18, 1994. "Elmer Brooks brings to this position a very strong background in both management and technical matters," Goldin said. "I am extremely pleased to be able to select someone of his caliber for this important assignment." "Elmer's expertise will be invaluable for the many challenges our office faces utilizing new telecommunications technologies during a time of limited funding," said Charles Force, Associate Administrator for Space Communications. The OSC is responsible for planning, development and operation of NASA's worldwide communications, telemetry and data acquisition activities essential to the success of all NASA flight programs. Brooks attended Howard University, then received a BA in zoology and a commission in the Air Force via ROTC from Miami University, Ohio. He received a MS degree in Administration from George Washington University and later, completed the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Executive Program of Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.
In June 1985, Brooks retired from the U.S. Air Force after 30 years of service. During that time he held a variety of positions including the military assistant to two Secretaries of Defense; arms control policy-maker and advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Deputy Commissioner of the U.S./USSR Standing Consultative Commission; Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (nuclear and space systems) and commander of an Air Force base and major missile unit. - more -2Brooks also was a flight control technologist for Gemini and Apollo missions at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, and Research and Development Personnel Manager at Headquarters, U.S. Air Force. After leaving military service, Brooks became a consultant for high technology industry and then, general manager of a private investment banking firm in London. He joined NASA in 1988, as Assistant for Special Projects, Office of the Administrator. He served as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Management in February 1989 and was appointed as the Deputy Associate Administrator (Agency Programs) For Management Systems And Facilities in October 1991. Brooks will succeed Jerry J. Fitts, who retired from NASA's OSC in early January. Brooks, a native of Washington, D.C., is married to the former Kathryn Casselberry of Dayton, Ohio. They have a daughter and three sons and reside in Bethesda, Md. - end -