Kevin Chilton, Class of 1976, retired as Commander of the United States Strategic Command in 2011. He was responsible for the plans and operations for all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence and DoD space and cyberspace operations. Kevin is a command astronaut pilot with more than 5,000 hours in military and civil aircraft. A veteran of three space flights, he has logged over 704 hours in space. He flew operational assignments in the RF-4C and F-15. He has served on the International Space Station Program, the Air Force Space Command Staff, Air and Joint Staffs, as well as having commanded the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 8th Air Force, Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Global Strike and Air Force Space Command. Kevin is also a Guggenheim Fellow and has a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University. He has many notable decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. General Chilton is the first astronaut to achieve 4-star rank from any military service.