Title: Career Officer, Astronaut, Experimental Test and Fighter Pilot, Consultant
Company: Johnson Space Center
Location: League City, Texas, United States
Gregory H. Johnson, Col. (Ret), USAF, Career Officer, Astronaut, Experimental Test and Fighter Pilot and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aeronautics.
Like many children in 1969, Mr. Johnson watched Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon on July 20. This moment launched a dream in Mr. Johnson, and nearly 40 years later, he found himself making his own first launch into space in 2008. He is a veteran of two space flights, in addition to the one in 2008 his second took place in 2011, STS-123 and STS-134. Mr. Johnson has since retired from NASA and contributes to the field as an aerospace and workforce development consultant. He recently served as the president and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) from 2013 to 2018. While working as a space shuttle astronaut and pilot for NASA at the Johnson Space Center in 2003, Mr. Johnson was a key player on several “tiger teams” during the investigation into the cause of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. He was also the astronaut representative to the External Tank (ET) foam impact test team, which eventually proved that ET foam debris on ascent could critically damage the shuttle’s leading edge thermal protection system.
With his dream to become an astronaut stemming from an early age, Mr. Johnson grew up as a Boy Scout and reached Eagle Scout status in 1978. He first earned a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering with the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984 and continued at Columbia University to receive a Master of Science in flight structures engineering in 1985. He later received an MBA from the University of Texas in 2005. Mr. Johnson was designated as an Air Force pilot in 1986 and retained as a T-38A instructor until 1989. He continued to his military career as a F-15E Eagle pilot and in 1990 was deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm and subsequently Operation Southern Watch. In his career, Mr. Johnson has logged over 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft and retired from the Air Force in 2009. He was selected by NASA in 1998.
In his career, Mr. Johnson has received a number of achievements and awards for his service. In 2017, he was a recognized Distinguished Eagle Scout. He received NASA Space Medals, Superior Performance Awards and a Rising Star Award from McCombs School of Business, as well as the Stephen D. Thorne Top Fox safety Award and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. From the U.S. Air Force, Mr. John was recognized with the Lieutenant General Bobby Bond Award, as a distinguished graduate, and as a top test pilot. For his service in Operation Desert Storm, he received a Flying Cross. He is also a Guggenheim Fellow of Columbia University and has received two meritorious service medals, four air medals, three aerial achievement medal, a commendation medal, two U.S. Air Force achievement medals and a Legion of Merit. Mr. Johnson attributes his success to remaining committed to excellence, treating people right and doing the right thing.
Mr. Johnson has also maintained professional affiliation with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Planetary Society, the Optimist Club, the SpaceCom Advisory Board, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, the National Boy Scouts of America STEM Advisory Board, the Association of Space Explorers, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Rotary Club. He has also been an executive director of Newton’s Road, a Michigan-based nonprofit focusing on K-STEM development.
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