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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: Dominic L. Pudwill Gorie (Commander, USN)
NASA Astronaut

Born May 2, 1957, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Married to Wendy Lu Williams of Midland, Texas. They have two children. He enjoys skiing, hiking, bicycling, golf and family activities. His mother, Shirley Pudwill, resides in Casselberry, Florida. His adoptive father, William Gorie, resides in Palm City, Florida. His father, Paul Pudwill, is deceased. Her mother, Laura Williams, resides in Midland, Texas. Her father, Deen Williams, is deceased.

Graduated from Miami Palmetto High School, Miami, Florida, in 1975. Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979. Master of science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee in 1990.

Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V", Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2), Space Flight Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat "V" (2), Navy Achievement Medal, 1985 Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Pilot-of-the-Year.

Designated a Naval Aviator in 1981. Flew the A-7E Corsair with Attack Squadron 46 aboard the USS America from 1981 to 1983. Transitioned to Strike Fighter Squadron 132 in 1983, flying the F/A-18 Hornet aboard the USS Coral Sea until 1986. Attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 1987 and served as a Test Pilot at the Naval Air Test Center from 1988 to 1990. Then was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 87 flying the F/A-18 aboard the USS Roosevelt until 1992. Participated in Operation Desert Storm, flying 38 combat missions. In 1992 received orders to U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs for two years before reporting to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 for F/A-18 refresher training. Was enroute to his command tour of Strike Fighter Squadron 37 when selected as an Astronaut Candidate.

Gorie has accumulated over 4000 hours in more than 30 aircraft and has over 600 carrier landings.

Selected as an stronaut candidate by NASA in December 1994, Gorie reported to the Johnson Space Center in March 1995. He completed a year of training and evaluation and then was initially assigned to work safety issues for the Astronaut Office. Gorie next served as a spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in Mission Control for numerous Space Shuttle flights. Gorie served as pilot on STS-91 (June 2-12, 1998). STS-91 was the 9th and final Shuttle-Mir docking mission, concluding the joint U.S./Russian Phase I Program. In completing his first mission, Gorie logged over 235 hours in space. He is assigned as the pilot of STS-99, the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) scheduled to launch in September 1999.


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