Frederick's Open Road


    Team UK


Deputy Administrator

“I think that you have to really believe. And this means having high esteem with yourself.”


Science Armed Services


Choices Opportunity Experience Self-Reflection Chance Planning Beliefs & Faith Confidence Risk


Accomplishing Goals


  • When he was young, he had to choose between racing boats and going into the Air Force-one was "instant gratification," one was an "investment."
  • Chose the Air Force, thinks he made the right choice; it was something he'd always wanted to do, paid off in the long run.
  • Was the first African American to pilot a space flight, later the first African American to command a space flight.
  • Says he never planned his next step; he based choices off of emotion rather than intellect.
  • "When it was no longer fun, I quit doing it"; moved 13 or 14 times during first eight years in the Air Force.
  • He was a test pilot for five or six years, got bored, applied to the astronaut program, was an astronaut for years, got bored, left.
  • Now he's in an administrative position and loves it; looks back and says he loves the things he's done and learned.
  • Says "you can't sit back and wait for something to have to go out and do it yourself."

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