What did George Zamka contribute to the hispanic community?

I need help on my project and im not completely sure what he did

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The NASA pilot?

    He is one of the few Hispanic people with both a Military and NASA career.

    In 1990, he trained as an F/A-18D Hornet pilot and was then assigned to VMFA(AW)-121.

    Zamka flew 66 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm.

    In 1993, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California as a forward air controller.

    In December 1994, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, following which, he served as an F/A-18 Hornet test pilot and operations officer.

    In 1997, he earned a Masters of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology.

    In 1998, he returned to VMFA(AW)-121 and deployed to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan.

    In June 1998, Zamka was selected for the NASA astronaut program, and reported for training in August.

    He served as lead for the shuttle training and procedures division and as supervisor for the astronaut candidate class of 2004.

    Zamka made his first spaceflight as the pilot of mission STS-120, and will be the commander for STS-130.

    Zamka has received the following honors and awards:

    Navy Strike Air Medal (6),

    Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V, and various other military service and campaign awards. Distinguished Graduate, United States Naval Academy.

    Commodore’s list and Academic Achievement Award, Training Air Wing Five.

    Received three NASA Superior Accomplishment Awards.

    You can read about him here:





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