Gregory H. “Box” Johnson

Astronaut Greg 'Box' Johnson

Astronaut, Pilot, Executive, Speaker

– United States Astronaut, Retired USAF – Pilot of STS-123 and STS-134 Logged ~ 31.5 days in space (498 orbits), Final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, F-15E combat veteran
– Experienced with a wide variety of audiences: university, corporate, federal government, foreign, civic, high school commencement, STEM
– Enthusiastic, Positive, Approachable People Person
– Live TV/Radio, extemporaneous talk show, governmental/corporate messaging
– Non-profit, DC communications, fundraising/autograph support
– Experienced leader: US Air Force, NASA Division Level, CASIS Executive Director
– Event management: airshows, celebrations, civic events

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Astronaut Gregory H. “Box” Johnson (Col, USAF, Ret.) is an American former Air Force Officer and pilot, aerospace engineer, fighter/test pilot, MBA and NASA astronaut. He currently is the President and Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

While in the Air Force, Johnson flew the F-15E in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. He has logged over 5,000 flight hours in more than 50 different aircraft.

Johnson served as the pilot and primary robotic arm operator of STS-123 which delivered the Kibo logistics module and the Dextre robot arm to the International Space Station (ISS) as well as the pilot of STS-134, the final flight of Endeavour, personally delivering the most important particle detector ever designed to further the fundamental understanding of our universe. Johnson served as a CAPCOM for several missions including the final Hubble flight and was the astronaut representative to the External Tank (ET) foam impact test team that eventually proved that ET foam debris on ascent could critically damage the shuttle’s leading edge thermal protection system.

While at NASA, Johnson supported the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, was Chief of the Astronaut Safety Branch, Crew Representative for Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), a display designer for the Shuttle Cockpit Avionics Upgrade (CAU) program, Division Chief for External Communications/STEM, and was lead of ISS Visiting Vehicles Team before leaving NASA.

Johnson’s current position is President and Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). CASIS was created by Congress to manage 50% of the US resources aboard the ISS National Lab, including upmass, on-orbit volume, and astronaut research time. The mission of CASIS is to maximize utilization of the ISS National Laboratory by building commercial markets complementing NASA’s traditional projects to promote and facilitate new, innovative translational research, technology demonstration and STEM opportunities.

Awards and Honors Include:

• Distinguished graduate of USAF Academy and USAF Test Pilot School
• 1985 Guggenheim Fellow, Columbia University
• 1996 Lieutenant General Bobby Bond Award: top Air Force test pilot
• Stephen D. Thorne Top Fox Safety Award
• 2005 Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, 2009 Rising Star Award, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas
• Distinguished Flying Cross
• Eagle Scout

Speaking Portfolio

• Experiences in space, combat, and the Air Force
• Leadership and Management
– NASA/non-profit, planning/execution/debrief, team building
• STEM education: primary/secondary/university levels
• Motivational: corporate, commencement


• Member Dayton Engineers Club (Honorary Member)
• American Legion Post 235
• AIAA Life Member
• ASE Life Member
• ACBL Life Master and 2012 Honorary member

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