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January 16, 1996

David Drachlis Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL (Phone: 205/544-0034) RELEASE: 96-3 LITTLES NAMED DIRECTOR OF MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER Dr. J. Wayne Littles has been named the new Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, NASA Administator Daniel S. Goldin announced today. Littles will assume his new post on Feb. 3. Littles currently serves as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Space Flight. He will replace G. Porter Bridwell, who announced Jan. 11 he was retiring from NASA after 34 years of service. "Dr. Littles has the necessary managerial and technical experience to lead Marshall into the 21st century," Goldin said. "As the Agency's Center of Excellence for space propulsion, I want Marshall to lead the world in research and development of next generation propulsion systems. Dr. Littles is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership necessary to meet that challenge." Pending selection of a replacement, Wilbur Trafton, who currently serves as the director of the international Space Station program, will be the acting Associate Administrator for the Office of Space Flight. As the head of the Office of Space Flight, Littles directed both the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs for NASA. During his tenure, NASA restructured the Space Station program, streamlined the management of the program by putting it under a single prime contractor, and led discussions with the Russian Space Agency concerning their participation and contributions to the international Space Station. Littles has led the Space Shuttle program through an extensive redefinition of requirements and put in place a

restructured program which has achieved significant cost savings while maintaining safety as the highest priority. Most recently, Littles has been leading the effort to consolidate Shuttle operations under a single prime contractor to further reduce overlap, streamline operations and reduce costs. Littles will be returning as director of the same NASA Center where he began his federal career in 1967 as an engineer in the former Propulsion and Vehicle Engineering Directorate. Littles spent 24 years at Marshall in positions of increasing responsibility, eventually becoming the Deputy Director in July 1989. He left Marshall in January 1994 when Goldin named him as the Agency's Chief Engineer where he oversaw the technical readiness and execution of all NASA programs. He was named to the post of Associate Administrator for Space Flight in November 1994. -endNASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to domo@hq.nasa.gov. In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type the words "subscribe press-release" (no quotes). The system will reply with a confirmation via E-mail of each subscription. A second automatic message will include additional information on the service. Questions should be directed to (202) 358-4043.