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Kevin Antony FORD

Colonel, USAF, RET.
NASA Astronaut, USA


DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
July 7, 1960 in Portland, Indiana but considers Montpelier, Indiana to be his hometown.

EDUCATION:
In 1978 he graduated from High School in Hartford City, Indiana.
In 1982 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree (Aerospace Engineering) from the University of Notre Dame.
In 1989 he received a Master of Science (International Relations) from Troy State University.
In 1990 Kevin Ford entered the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1994 he received a Master of Science (Aerospace Engineering) from the University of Florida.
In 1997 Ford received a Ph. D. from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

FAMILY STATUS: married.
Married to Kelly Bennett. They have two children, Anthony and Heidi.

HOBBY:
Golf, running, reading and music.

AWARDS:
Awarded the Legion of Merit and several Air Force Medals.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
In 1982 Ford was called out of reserves.
In 1984 he completed primary flight training at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Ford mastered airplane F-22.
In 1984-1987 he served in the 22-nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Bitburg Air Base, Germany.
In 1987 - 1989 Kevin Ford served in the 57-th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Keflavik Naval Air Station, Iceland. He effected interception and provided an escort for 18 Soviet combat aircraft.
In 1991-1994 he served in the 3247-th Test Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. His test experience included multiple F-16 flying missions, as well as he tested the ejection system, new types of missile armament and F-16 modification for Air Defense Force.
For several years Kevin Ford served at the Air Force Test Pilot School as the Director of Plans and Programs.
In May 2000 he completed a special tests course of aerospace vehicles.
In June 2008 Ford retired from military service.
He took part in 15 - 17 selections for the astronaut corps but was not selected.
On July 26, 2000 Ford was selected as a candidate for astronauts (the 18-th selection by NASA) for training as the shuttle pilot. He passed a course of general space training. Upon completion of this training he was qualified as the shuttle pilot and assigned to the Astronaut Office engaged in the development of the advanced vehicles.
On July 16, 2008 in NASA release 08-176 it was officially stated that he was assigned as the Discovery shuttle pilot, STS-128 mission.

He performed his first space flight from August 29 to September 11, 2009 as a pilot of the Discovery Shuttle, STS-128.
The flight objective was to deliver cargo to the ISS in the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo and on the LMC platform, provide rotation of one crew member of the ISS and deliver to the ground the results of the experiments conducted on the ISS.
The mission duration was 13 days 20 hr 53 min 43s.

On February18, 2010 it was reported that he was assigned to the prime crew of ISS-33/34 Expedition.
In the flight plan for the ISS crews till 2013, which was issued on June 2, 2010 by NASA it was reported that Ford was in the backup crew of ISS-31/32 instead of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.
On July 8, 2010 his assignment to the prime crew of ISS-33/34 Expedition was officially confirmed by NASA in release 10-161.
On July 26, 2010 at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC he bean training for the mentioned spaceflight as the backup crew member of ISS-31/32 Expedition. He passed training a Soyuz TMA MTV flight engineer-2 and the ISS flight engineer (the ISS Russian Segment systems user).
On October 12, 2010 his assignment to the backup crew of ISS-31/32 was confirmed by the Interdepartmental Committee for selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the crews of the manned vehicles.
In January 2011 he took parts in trainings within the preliminary crew together with Sergei Kud'-Sverchkov and Oleg Novitskiy for survival in the forest near Moscow.
On April 23, 2012 at the Cosmonaut Training Center Kevin Ford together with Evgeniy Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy successfully passed the examination training on the simulator of the Soyuz TMA vehicle and on April 24, 2012 he passed a preflight examination training on the ISS Russian Segment.
On April 25, 2012 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC Kevin Ford was approved as a flight engineer of the Soyuz TMA-04 MTV backup crew. On May 14, 2012 at the meeting of the State Commission at the Baikonur cosmodrome he was approved as flight engineer-2 of the Soyuz TMA-04 MTV backup crew.
On May 15, 2012 during the Soyuz TMA-04M MTV launch Kevin Ford was a backup of flight engineer-2.

September 2012.
Based on data of sites www.astronaut.ru and www.nasa.gov.