Press Release

Head of NASA Joins Air Force Association’s 2011 Air & Space Conference Line-Up

By SpaceRef Editor
August 23, 2011
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Arlington, VA – The Air Force Association is pleased to announce Charles Bolden, the current Administrator of NASA, has joined the line-up of speakers at AFA’s 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition, to be held September 19 – 21, 2011, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, just across the river from Alexandria and minutes from downtown Washington, DC.

AFA’s annual Air & Space Conference brings together senior Air Force leadership, industry experts, academia and current aerospace specialists from around the world to discuss the current issues and challenges facing America and the aerospace community.

Bolden had a 34-year career with the Marine Corps, which includes his 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. As a naval aviator, Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, while stationed in Namphong, Thailand, from 1972-1973. As an astronaut, he has traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle from 1986-1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission.

Bolden was appointed as the twelfth Administrator of NASA on July 17, 2009. As the highest-ranked official of the U.S.’s space agency, he leads the NASA team and manages its resources to advance the agency’s missions and goals.

This year’s Air & Space Conference boasts more than 50 sessions and an expo floor displaying the latest advancements in air and space technology. Other guest speakers will include the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. For a full list of speakers, go here.

Be a part of AFA’s premier national forum for aerospace professionals. Registration details can be found at

SpaceRef staff editor.