Military Bios

Rear Admiral Stephen S. Oswald:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Reserve Deputy to the Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command Director, Naval Warfare Requirements Directorate (OPNAV N6/7)
Rear Admiral Stephen S. Oswald is Reserve Vice Commander at the Naval Network Warfare Command in Norfolk, Va., and Reserve Deputy to the Director, Naval Warfare Requirements Directorate (OPNAV N6/7) in the Pentagon.
Raised in Bellingham, Wash., Rear Adm. Oswald graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 with a degree in aerospace engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1974 and flew the A-7 from USS Midway in the mid-70s. Graduating from the Naval Test Pilot in 1978, he participated in the F/A-18 flight test program and served aboard USS Coral Sea before resigning from active duty in 1983.
He then worked with Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a corporate test pilot prior to being selected as a NASA astronaut in 1985. While with NASA, he flew three flights aboard the Space Shuttle totaling 33 days on orbit. On his last flight in 1995, he commanded STS-67 aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a 17-day science mission, establishing a new record for mission duration. He subsequently served as a Senior Executive as NASA's Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for several programs, including the Space Shuttle, NASA's Expendable Launch Vehicles, and Space and Terrestrial Communications. He retired from NASA in January 2000. He is currently employed by the Boeing Company as their Vice President and Program Manager for the Space Shuttle Program based in Houston, Texas.
As a reservist, Rear Adm. Oswald flew both the RF-8 and the A-7 until 1988 when he transferred to the fledgling Naval Reserve space community where he served in various leadership positions, including command of Reserve units at the Naval Space Command, the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, and the Navy Space Division supporting the Chief of Naval Operations through 1998. In his last command tour, he was dual-hatted as Director, Naval Space Reserve Program. In 2000 and 2001, Rear Adm. Oswald served on active duty as the Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force - Computer Network Operations (JTF - CNO) based in the Washington, D.C.
Rear Adm. Oswald's decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and NASA Space Flight Medal.
Updated: 15 November 2004


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