Michael Braukus Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1979) Hugh Harris Kennedy Space Center, FL (Phone: 407

/867-2201) RELEASE: 97-17

January 24, 1997

ROY BRIDGES SELECTED AS KSC'S NEW CENTER DIRECTOR Former Shuttle astronaut and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Roy D. Bridges, Jr., has been named by NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin to be the director of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL. Bridges, who will become the seventh KSC center director effective March 2, will succeed Jay F. Honeycutt, who announced his retirement last October. "I am thrilled Roy is returning to the NASA team," Goldin said. "Roy has a unique and very accomplished background that will be a tremendous asset in his new job as KSC director. He is the right person to take KSC into the next century." As director, Bridges will be responsible for managing NASA's only site for processing and launch of the Space Shuttle vehicle at a rate of seven to eight flights per year; processing of the payloads flown on both the Shuttle and expendable launch vehicles; and overseeing of expendable launches carrying NASA payloads. He will manage a team of about 2,000 NASA civil servants and about 14,000 contractors. As a NASA astronaut, Bridges served as pilot for the Space Shuttle Challenger on STS 51-F in July and August 1985. Bridges later served as the director of requirements, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH, from June 1993 until his retirement from the Air Force on July 1, 1996. In that position he served as the command focal point for product management policy, processes and resources. Prior to his assignment at Wright-Patterson, Bridges was the commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force

Base, CA. He has served in several key leadership positions in the Air Force, including deputy chief of staff, test and resources, Headquarters Air Force Systems Command, Andrews Air Force Base, MD; commander, Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick Air Force Base, FL; and commander, 6510th Test Wing, Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Bridges was born July 19, 1943, in Atlanta, GA, and graduated from Gainesville High School, GA, in 1961. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, earning a bachelor's degree in engineering science in 1965. He received a master of science degree in astronautics from Purdue University, IN, in 1966. He is the recipient of several awards and honors including recognition as a distinguished graduate of USAF Pilot Training and a top graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster; Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters; Meritorious Service Medal; Air Medal with 14 oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal; NASA Space Flight Medal; and a NASA Certificate of Commendation. Bridges is married to the former Benita Louise Allbaugh of Tucson, AZ. They have two adult children. - end-