Steve “Oz” Oswald

Astronaut "Oz" Oswald

Astronaut, Military/Civilian Test Pilot, Senior Executive, and Speaker

– United States Astronaut, Retired – Pilot of STS-42 & STS-56, and CDR of STS-67, Logged over 33 days in space
– Accomplished Naval Aviator, Retired as a Rear Admiral (2- star)
– Deputy Associate Administrator at NASA Headquarters, overseeing the Space Shuttle, Space Communications, and Expendable Launch Vehicle programs.
– As Deputy Commander, JTF, Computer Network Operations, was instrumental in building offensive and defensive network capabilities within both the military and the intelligence community.
– For the Boeing Company, directed Boeing’s Space Shuttle activities for six years, prior to being promoted to VP/GM and leading a $1+B division serving commercial, military, and intelligence community customers nationwide for another four years, retiring in 2012.


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Steve “Oz” Oswald (Rear Admiral, USN, Ret.) is a former NASA astronaut, military & civilian test pilot and corporate executive.

Oswald is a 1973 graduate of the US Naval Academy, where he studied aerospace engineering and played varsity football. Following graduation and flight school, he flew the A-7 aboard the USS Midway from 1975-1977. He is a 1978 graduate of the Navy Test Pilot School and conducted early flight test on the F/A-18 aircraft. He also served as a flight instructor in the Navy’s first F/A-18 squadron and as a catapult officer aboard the USS Coral Sea. He has logged 7,000+ flight hours in more than 40 aircraft.

Oswald’s first spaceflight was as the Pilot of STS-42, aboard Discovery in 1992. This flight was the first International Microgravity Laboratory mission and carried an international crew of seven.

He then went on to Pilot Discovery again for STS-56, the second Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science (ATLAS-2), which included the deployment and recovery of the Spartan research spacecraft.

Oswald then commanded STS-67, the second flight of the Astro observatory (Astro II), on the Space Shuttle Endeavour. This flight established the space shuttle mission duration record at 17 days.

After retiring from NASA, Rear Admiral Oswald returned to active duty as Deputy Commander of the newly established JTF, Computer Network Operations, which directed computer network defense operations for all of the DoD and coordinated other operations with the Intelligence Community. RADM Oswald had offices in Arlington, VA and at the National Security Agency. Oswald’s other Navy assignments included command tours at the Naval Space Command and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He also served as Director, Naval Space Reserve Program and had several flag officer assignments on the Navy Staff in the Pentagon.

In 2001, Oswald became the Vice President and Program Manager for the Space Shuttle with the Boeing Company in Houston, TX. In 2008, he relocated to Northern VA to take over a newly established $1+B division serving 50+ government and commercial customers at over 20 locations nationwide. This “portfolio division” operated over 350 contracts providing products and services to a broad array of customers with critical national security missions, including classified operations. Oswald retired form Boeing in 2012.

Organizational Involvement Includes:

• Board Member: US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation,
• Board Member: Federation of Galaxy Explorers, supporting space-oriented STEM education
• Society of Experimental Test Pilots
• Association of Space Explorers
• Naval Reserve Association
• American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
• Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
• “Honorary Chairman, Half Moon Bay Birdies-for-the-Brave Golf Tournament, benefiting the Navy SEAL Foundation”

Awards & Honors Include

• Navy Distinguished Service Medal
• Distinguished Flying Cross
• Legion of Merit
• Meritorious Service medal
• Navy Commendation Medal – 2
• NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
• NASA Exceptional Service Medal – 2
• NASA Spaceflight Medal – 3
• Eagle Scout & recipient of Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from Boy Scouts of America

Speaking Points Include

• Life in Space
• Inspirational Leadership & Management
• Motivational Talks with students of All Ages
• Space & National Security