NASA astronaut to speak at TROY Dothan Campus commencement

Posted: Monday, 04 May 2009

DOTHAN—NASA astronaut Douglas H. Wheelock will deliver the keynote address during Troy University’s spring commencement ceremony for the Dothan Campus on Sunday, May 17.

TROY Provost Dr. Ed Roach will confer more than 140 degrees during the 3 p.m. ceremony at the Dothan Civic Center.

Wheelock has been an astronaut since 1998. He was the Crew Support Astronaut for two International Space Station expeditions starting in 2001, during which he served as the primary contact for all crew needs, coordination, planning and interactions, and was the primary representative of the space station crews while they were in orbit

In 2007, Wheelock served as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle Discovery during which he logged more than 360 hours in space including three space walks.

He is currently set to launch on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in the spring of 2010 to serve for 6 months as commander of the International Space Station and its 6-person international crew during ISS Expedition 25.

Prior to joining NASA, Wheelock served as a U.S. Army test pilot at the Army Aviation Technical Test Center.

Wheelock graduated from West Point in 1983 and earned Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1992. He attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army and among his honors are the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) and Army Commendation Medal.

He is a native of Windsor, New York.

Sue Bell Cobb

NASA astronaut Douglas R. Wheelock will deliver the keynote address to more than 140 graduates during spring commencement for Troy University’s Dothan Campus on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. at the Dothan Civic Center. (NASA photo)