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January 17, 1996

Michael Mewhinney Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (Phone: 415/604-3937) RELEASE: 96-7 NASA AMES DIRECTOR TO TAKE TOP MOFFETT FIELD POST Dr. Ken K. Munechika, currently Director of NASA's Ames Research Center, has been named to a newly-created position as Director of the Moffett Federal Airfield, effective March 4, NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin announced today. "This move reflects the increasing importance of California's Moffett Field to its current and future occupants and to the Silicon Valley," Goldin said. Since July, 1994 when Naval Air Station Moffett Field was disestablished, NASA has served as the host agency for this federal facility currently occupied by more than 10,000 active duty military, civilian and military reserve personnel. "I am pleased with this selection and believe this appointment is in the best interest of the Agency, and will strengthen Ames as part of the Moffett complex. A robust future for Moffett Federal Airfield that has the support of the surrounding communities is an extremely important complement to the Research Center infrastructure," Munechika said. Munechika, 60, will continue to report directly to Dr. Robert E. Whitehead, NASA's Associate Administrator for Aeronautics. In his new position, Munechika will be responsible for the overall management of the airfield and will serve as the senior NASA interface with the resident federal agencies. Currently those agencies include the Naval Air Reserve, Santa Clara, the 129th Rescue Wing California Air National Guard, Onizuka Air Station Annex, the 63rd U.S. Army Command and numerous other government agencies and their contractors. Munechika will be responsible for seeing that the resident agencies and the Ames Research Center are provided

with all the services normally associated with a federal airfield, including control tower operations, crash, fire and rescue operations and repair and maintenance of all airfield facilities. He also will establish policies for all resident agencies to share in the airfield's operating costs. In addition, he will chair or serve on major agency and interagency committees and task groups to investigate and make recommendations on issues of national importance related to aerospace. Munechika will also continuously monitor the progress of the airfield's activities to ensure they comply with NASA's objectives. Prior to joining NASA, Munechika served as the executive director for the Office of Space Industry for the State of Hawaii, where he directed the planning, evaluation and coordination of space-related activities in Hawaii. Prior to that, Munechika served for 31 years in the U.S. Air Force, including more than 20 years in the aerospace field. He served as senior commander of Onizuka Air Force Base before retiring as a colonel in 1989. -endNASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to 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. NASA releases also are available via CompuServe using the command GO NASA.