Personnel News: July 2008 Archives

Deadly decision How the arsenal crash unfolded, Huntsville Times

"Newly released recordings from a May police chase that ended in a fatal crash on Redstone Arsenal show Huntsville police pursued the fleeing car for more than 8 minutes and 11 miles, prompting some experts to ask whether the chase should have been aborted sooner. The police recordings, requested by The Times, chronicle the chase of 35-year-old Valorie Keil Cox, who fled police after an alleged drug deal."

George Martin

B-52 crash killed all 6 crewmen, Air Force says, USA Today

"The six crew members were identified as .... Col. George Martin, flight surgeon, who was also the deputy commander of 36th Medical Group at Andersen."

Photo, "Ursula Martin, wife of Col. George Martin, thanks the myriad of agencies Friday in for their search for the Airmen who lost their lives in Monday's B-52 crash."

Editor's note: I knew George from my first stay on Devon island in 2002 when he served as our camp doctor for several weeks. I got to know him well during his stint there - especially given the fact that I was a research volunteer and he was constantly jabbing my arm to draw blood.

George was a really, really nice guy. Just pleasant to be around. George really wanted to be an astronaut and was working every angle he could to get proficient in a wide variety of skills - and experiences. As I understand the situation he jumped on the plane at the last minute for the fun of it. That was George all right.

He Made us Laugh - Remembering Col. George Martin, Haughton-Mars Project

"George, 51, was the deputy commander of 36th Medical Group at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam. His love for space extended to his family as he named his daughter Gemini, and his dogs were named Apollo and Mercury. For those of us who had the privilege of working with George when he was at the HMP and came to know him, if only briefly, we will miss him."

NASA MSFC Memo: Marshall Center Director David King to hold all-hands meeting at 9 a.m. Friday, July 25

"Marshall Center Director David King will hold an all-hands meeting with Marshall team members at 9 a.m. Friday, July 25, in Building 4316, the Activities Building. The subject of the meeting is the May 30 events on Redstone Arsenal that resulted in the death of a Marshall employee. King will begin with opening comments and the introduction of guests Maj. Gen. Jim Myles, Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal; Col. John Olshefski, Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander; and Keith Ryan, Intelligence and Security director for Redstone Arsenal."

Speaking Up About a Silent Killer, Washington Post

"Three times a week, in a plain red-brick building near the Pentagon City mall in Arlington, a machine keeps me alive. ... Between the time spent on dialysis and other hours devoted to related testing, I reckon I've lost about a third of my life. My focus, though, is on the 65 percent that's left."

Editor's note: The author of this article, Frank Sietzen, co-authored the book "New Moon Rising" with me back in 2004 and is the author of the forthcoming book "The Astronaut and the Fireman".

NASA Names Strain New Goddard Space Flight Center Director

"NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Thursday announced that Rob Strain will be the next center director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Strain is currently the head of the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. He will assume his duties as center director on Aug. 4."

HSPD-12 Fight Continues

NASA employees continue HSPD-12 fight,

"Employees at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory got an ultimatum last year: Submit to new, more thorough background investigations or leave the agency. Twenty-eight JPL scientists, engineers and administrative support employees instead took their employers to court. The plaintiffs and some observers say the ensuing legal battle has raised questions about the federal governments background investigation methods and the constitutionality of the trigger event: Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. The process also exposed the agencys laundry list of workforce problems, union officials say."

IV&V Layoff's Ahead?

Editor's note: Contractor layoffs across Goddard and at IV&V are apparently in the works. Bryan O'Connor is headed out to IV&V tomorrow for an all hands meeting.

While at IV&V O'Connor will be leading a Board of Directors (IBD) meeting. Word has it that an internal memo from NASA HQ describes actions to be taken with regard to IV&V. This memo includes the output of a recent PA&E investigation.

IV&V is located in the home district of Rep. Alan Mollohan, D-WV. Mollohan is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies of the House Appropriations Committee.

Stay tuned.



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