- Kevin P. Chilton
Kevin Patrick "Chilli" Chilton NASA Astronaut Nationality United States of America Status Retired Born November 3, 1954
Los Angeles, California
Other occupation Test Pilot Rank General
United States Air Force
Time in space 29d 08h 22m Selection 1987 NASA Group Missions STS-49, STS-59, STS-76 Mission insignia
Kevin Patrick "Chilli" Chilton (born November 3, 1954), is an engineer and a former United States Air Force four-star general. His last assignment was as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command from October 3, 2007 to January 28, 2011. Prior to his appointment to general officer ranks, Chilton spent 11 years of his military career as a NASA astronaut. He retired from the Air Force on February 1, 2011, after having achieved the highest rank for any military astronaut.
Born in Los Angeles, California, he graduated from St. Bernard High School, Playa del Rey, California, in 1972. He received a BSc in engineering sciences from the USAF Academy in 1976, and an MSc in mechanical engineering from Columbia University on a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1977.
Early Air Force career
Chilton received his commission from the USAF Academy in 1976. After receiving his wings at Williams Air Force Base, Arizona in 1978 he qualified in the RF-4C Phantom II and was assigned to the 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron at Kadena Air Base, Japan. From 1978 until 1980, he served as a combat-ready pilot and instructor pilot in the RF-4C in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines.
In 1981, he converted to the F-15 Eagle and was assigned to the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron at Kadena Air Base as a squadron pilot. In 1982, Chilton attended the USAF Squadron Officer School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and finished as the number one graduate for the year, receiving the Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award.
Subsequently assigned to the 9th and 7th Tactical Fighter Squadrons at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Chilton served as an F-15 squadron weapons officer, instructor pilot, and flight commander until 1984 when selected for the USAF Test Pilot School. He graduated number one in his class to win the Liethen-Tittle Award as the outstanding test pilot at the school.
Chilton was assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, where he conducted weapons and systems tests in all models of the F-15 and F-4. While a member of the 3247th Test Squadron, Chilton served as squadron safety officer, as chief of test and evaluation, and as squadron operations officer.
Chilton held a variety of technical assignments. He served in the Mission Development Branch of the Astronaut Office in support of the Infrared Background Signature Survey (IBSS) satellite, and the Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle (OMV) programs. He was the Astronaut Office T-38 safety officer, leader of the Astronaut Support Personnel team at the Kennedy Space Center and was lead spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) for numerous shuttle flights.
Chilton also served as Deputy Program Manager for the early International Space Station program. A veteran of three space flights, Chilton logged more than 704 hours in space. He was the pilot on STS-49 for the maiden voyage of Space Shuttle Endeavour (May 7-May 16, 1992), and STS-59 on the Space Radar Laboratory (SRL) mission (April 9-April 20, 1994). He commanded STS-76 on the third docking mission to the Russian space station Mir in 1996.
Among Chilton's numerous awards are the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2), Defense Superior Service Medal (3), Legion of Merit (2), Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He is also a recipient of NASA’s "Top Fox" Flight Safety Award.
Air Force career resumed
Gen Chilton left NASA in 1998 to become Deputy Director, Political Military Affairs for Asia, Pacific, and Middle East. His first military command was of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW) at Beale AFB, California from May, 1999 to September, 2000. In August 2004, Chilton assumed the dual duties of Commander, Eighth Air Force (8 AF) and Commander, JFCC SGS at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana. In April 2006, Chilton was nominated to become the Commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) at Peterson AFB, Colorado. On June 26, 2006, he received his fourth star and assumed command of Air Force Space Command. Chilton then took command of United States Strategic Command in Oct 2007 which was his last assignment before retiring. Chilton is the only former astronaut to achieve four-star grade. Lt Gen Tom Stafford, VADM Dick Truly and Lt Gen Susan Helms attained the rank of three stars.
Awards and decorations
- Master Astronaut Badge
- Master Space and Missile Operations Badge
- Master Missile Operations Badge
- Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
- Defense Superior Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters
- Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
- Distinguished Flying Cross
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Outstanding Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
- Organizational Excellence Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
- Combat Readiness Medal
- Air Force Recognition Ribbon
- NASA Space Flight Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters (not worn)
- NASA Exceptional Service Medal (not worn)
- NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal (not worn)
- National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
- Korea Defense Service Medal
- Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
- Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
- Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
- Air Force Training Ribbon
- National Space Trophy (not worn)
- NASA "Top Fox" Flight Safety Award (not worn)
- U.S. Strategic Command Official Site
- Official U.S. Strategic Command biography of Kevin P. Chilton
- Official Air Force Bio
- Spacefacts biography of Kevin P. Chilton
- NASA biography of Kevin P. Chilton
- 2011 National Space Trophy Recipient
Military offices Preceded by
Commander, United States Strategic Command
C. Robert Kehler
NASA Astronaut Group 12, "The GAFFers", 1987 Pilots Mission specialists NASA Astronaut Groups · NASA Astronaut Corps
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