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[i]"The Intrepid Museum is a bridge between the heroes of the past and the young minds that will build the future," stated Maj. Gen. Bolden. "As a former astronaut, Marine and NASA Administrator, I am very pleased to bring my experience to the board of trustees and get to work inspiring new generations of leaders, explorers and innovators."[/i]
Maj. Gen. Bolden was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th NASA Administrator in 2009, where he led a nationwide NASA team to advance the missions and goals of the United States space program. At NASA, Bolden oversaw the safe transition from 30 years of space shuttle missions to a new era of exploration focused on full utilization of the International Space Station and space and aeronautics technology development. The agency's dynamic science activities under Bolden include an unprecedented landing on Mars with the Curiosity rover, launch of a spacecraft to Jupiter, enhancing the nation's fleet of Earth-observing satellites, and continued progress toward the 2019 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Bolden's 34-year career with the Marine Corps included 14 years as a member of NASA's Astronaut Office, where he traveled to orbit four times, commanding two missions and piloting two others and logging more than 680 hours in space.
As a Naval aviator, Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, while stationed in Namphong, Thailand between 1972-1973. Bolden was promoted to his final rank of major general in July 1998 and named Deputy Commander of U.S. forces in Japan. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2003. Bolden's many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2006 and the U.S. Aviation Hall of Fame in October 2017.
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