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Barry Eugene Wilmore NASA astronaut Nationality  United States Status Active Born December 29, 1962 (1962-12-29) (age 48) Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S. Current occupation Test pilot Rank Captain, USN Time in space 10d 19h 16m [1] Selection 2000 NASA Group Missions STS-129[2] Mission insignia Barry Eugene "Butch" Wilmore (born 29 December 1962 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee) is a NASA astronaut and United States Navy test pilot.[3] He has had one spaceflight, which was an 11-day Space Shuttle mission in November 2009, to the International Space Station. There were five other crew members launched with him on Space Shuttle Atlantis, for the mission called STS-129; Wilmore was designated as pilot. Prior to being selected as a NASA astronaut in July 2000, Wilmore was an experienced Navy test pilot. He has over 6200 hours of flight time in tactical jet aircraft.[3] He also participated in the development of T-45 Goshawk trainer jet.[3] Contents 1 Education 2 Military experience 3 NASA experience 3.1 STS-129 4 Personal life 5 Awards and honors 6 References 7 External links // Education Barry Wilmore graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. Wilmore has also received a Bachelor's of Science and Master of Science degree from the Tennessee Technological University in electrical engineering. Barry Wilmore also has a Master of Science in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee.[3] Military experience Barry Wilmore has accumulated over 5900 flight hours and 663 carrier landings, all in tactical jet aircraft, and is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS). During Wilmore's tenure as a fleet Naval officer and pilot, Wilmore completed 4 operational deployments, flying the A-7E and FA-18 aircraft from the decks of the USS Forrestal, USS John F. Kennedy, USS Enterprise and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carriers. He has flown missions in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Southern Watch over the skies of Iraq, as well as missions over Bosnia in support of U. S. and NATO interests. Wilmore successfully completed 21 combat missions during Operation Desert Storm while operating from USS John F. Kennedy. Wilmore's most recent operational deployment was aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower with the "Blue Blasters" of Strike Fighter Squadron 34 (VFA-34), an F/A-18 squadron based at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia.[3] As a Navy Test Pilot Wilmore participated in all aspects of the initial development of the T-45 jet trainer to include initial carrier landing certification and high angle of attack flight tests. His test tour also included a stint at USNTPS as a systems and fixed wing “Flight Test” instructor. Prior to his selection to NASA, Wilmore was on exchange to the Air Force as a “Flight Test” instructor at the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.[3] NASA experience Wilmore was selected as a pilot by NASA in July 2000. He reported for training in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, Wilmore was assigned technical duties representing the astronaut office on all propulsion systems issues including the space shuttle main engines, solid rocket motor, external tank, and also served on the astronaut support team that traveled to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, in support of launch and landing operations.[3] STS-129 Wilmore later travelled onboard Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station.[4] Personal life Wilmore was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee but was raised in Mount Juliet by his mother Faye and father Eugene. Wilmore has one sibling, a brother named Jack Wilmore, who resides in Franklin, Tennessee. He is married to the former Miss Deanna Newport of Helenwood, Tennessee.[3] Awards and honors Barry Wilmore has received numerous medals, awards and honors. These includes the Air Medal (5), 3 with the Combat 'V' designation, the Navy Commendation Medal (6), 3 of which also hold the Combat 'V' designation, the Navy Achievement Medal (2) and numerous Unit decorations. He has also received the Aviation Officer Candidate School (AOCS) “Distinguished Naval Graduate” award. He is also on Initial Naval Flight Training “Commodores List With Distinction”. He has also won the U.S. Atlantic Fleet “Light Attack Wing One - Pilot Of The Year” (1991) and U.S. Atlantic Fleet "Strike Fighter Aviator of the Year" (1999). Wilmore is the recipient of the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic “Scott Speicher Award” for Weapons Employment Excellence (1998). In 2003 Barry Wilmore was inducted to the Tennessee Technological University “Sports Hall of Fame”.[3] References ^ ^ Jim Hodges (2008-10-01). "Melvin Will Get Another Flight Into Space". Retrieved 2008-10-09.  ^ a b c d e f g h i "Astronaut Bio: Barry E. Wilmore". NASA. June 2010.  ^ NASA (March 3, 2009). "NASA Announces Change for Return of Station Crew Members". NASA. Retrieved May 23, 2009.  External links NASA bio Spacefacts biography of Barry E. Wilmore v · d · eNASA Astronaut Group 18, "The Bugs", 2000 Pilots Dominic A. Antonelli · Eric A. Boe · Kevin A. Ford · Ronald J. Garan, Jr. · Douglas G. Hurley · Terry W. Virts, Jr. · Barry E. Wilmore Mission Specialists Michael R. Barratt · Robert L. Behnken · Stephen G. Bowen · B. Alvin Drew · Andrew J. Feustel · Michael T. Good · Timothy L. Kopra · K. Megan McArthur · Karen L. Nyberg · Nicole P. Stott v · d · eNASA Astronaut Groups  · NASA Astronaut Corps NASA Astronaut Group 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20 · List of astronauts by selection Persondata Name Wilmore, Barry Eugene Alternative names Butch Short description Astronaut, Engineer Date of birth 29 December 1962 Place of birth Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S. Date of death Place of death