Thursday, July 16, 2015
Army Aviator Among Newest Astronauts
A senior U.S. Army aviator is among NASA’s eight newest astronauts. Maj. Anne McClain and her 2013 astronaut class colleagues recently completed training begun in August 2013 in space system training, robotics and specialized hardware and science. (The class also includes another Army officer, Maj. Andrew Morgan, described as “a flight surgeon for the Army special operations community.”) The newest astronauts will support space mission operations and perform technical duties while awaiting spaceflight assignments. A 2002 West Point graduate, McClain earned her wings as a Bell Helicopter OH-58D pilot, with the 2nd Battalion, 6th Cavalry Regiment at Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii. Her most recent Army billet was as commander of C Troop, 1st Battalion, 14th Aviation Regiment at Fort Rucker, where she was responsible for initial entry training, instructor pilot training and maintenance test pilot training in the Kiowa Warrior. She is a 2013 graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and has logged more than 2,000 flight hours in 20 different rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, including the Beechcraft C-12 Huron, the Sikorsky Aircraft UH-60 Blackhawk and the Airbus Helicopters UH-72 Lakota.