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rOBERT s. kIMBROUGH (LIEUTENANT COLONEL, USA)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:  Born June 4, 1967 in Killeen, Texas.  Married to the former Robbie Lynn Nickels of Marietta, Georgia.  They have three children.  He enjoys baseball, golf, weight lifting and running.  His father, LTC(ret) Robert W. Kimbrough resides in Hudson, Florida.  His mother, DeAnn Johnson, resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida.  Her parents, Robert and Carol Nickels, reside in Savannah, Georgia.

EDUCATION:  Graduated from The Lovett School, Atlanta, Georgia in 1985; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1989, and a master of science degree in operations research from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998.

ORGANIZATIONS:  Army Aviation Association of America; United States Military Academy Association of Graduates; Army Athletic Association; West Point Society of Greater Houston, Association of the United States Army. 

SPECIAL HONORS:  Captain of the West Point baseball team; First Team All-Conference Pitcher; Distinguished graduate from U.S. Army flight school; Two Meritorious Service Medals; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Kuwaiti Liberation Medal; Saudi Arabian Kuwaiti Liberation Medal; Valorous Unit Award; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

EXPERIENCE:  Kimbrough graduated from West Point in May 1989 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.  He entered the U.S. Army Aviation School in 1989 and was designated an Army aviator in 1990.  In late 1990, he was assigned to 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia, and was deployed to Southwest Asia where he served in Operation Desert Storm.  He served in the 24th Infantry Division as an attack helicopter platoon leader, aviation liaison officer, and attack helicopter battalion operations officer.  In 1994, he was assigned to the 229th Aviation Regiment (Attack) (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he commanded an Apache helicopter company as well as the Regimental headquarters company.  After completing a masters of science degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998, he was assigned as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy.  Other military schools include the Army Parachutist Course, Army Jumpmaster Course, German Airborne Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School, and the Command and General Staff College.

NASA EXPERIENCE:  Kimbrough joined the NASA team at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in September of 2000.  He was assigned to NASA’s Aircraft Operations Division at Ellington Field in Houston where he served as a flight simulation engineer (FSE) on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). 

Selected by NASA in May 2004.  In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.  Completion of this initial training qualified him for various technical assignments within the Astronaut Office and future flight assignment as a mission specialist.  Kimbrough completed his first space flight in 2008, logging a total of 15 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds in space, and 12 hours and 52 minutes of EVA in 2 space walks.  

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:  STS-126 Endeavour (November 14-30, 2008) launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California.  It was NASA’s 4th shuttle flight in 2008 and the 27th Shuttle/Station assembly mission.  Highlights of the almost 16-day mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house 6 member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchenette, two bedrooms, an exercise machine, and a water recycling system.  During the mission Kimbrough performed two space walks logging a total of 12 hours and 52 minutes of EVA.  STS-126 also delivered a new resident to the station, replacing Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17-18 with Sandy Magnus, Expedition 18.  STS-126 returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in over 6 million miles.

DECEMBER 2008