National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Douglas H. Wheelock (Major, USA)
- NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)
- PERSONAL DATA:
- Born May 5, 1960 in Binghamton, New York and considers Windsor, New York to be his hometown. Married to the former Cathleen Hollen of Columbus, Georgia. They have one child. Recreational interests include coaching youth sports, baseball, hiking, flying, and collecting sports memorabilia. Doug's parents, Olin and Margaret Wheelock, reside in Windsor, New York. Cathy's parents, Jack and Judy Hollen reside in Enterprise, Alabama.
- Graduated from Windsor Central High School, Windsor, New York, in 1978. Received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science and Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1983, and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992.
- Meritorious Service Medal (1st Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster); National Defense Service Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; Airborne Wings; Air Assault Wings; Senior Aviator Wings.
- SPECIAL HONORS:
- Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Army Initial Entry Flight Training Course (1984); 25th Infantry Division Flight Safety Award (1986 and 1989); Military Nominee to the U.S. Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Men of America (1989); Veterans of Foreign Wars Outstanding Spokesman for Freedom (1990); Team Leader of the Georgia Tech Aerial Robotics Design Team (1992); Gamble Award for excellence in experimental flight testing and technical reporting (1995); NASA Group Achievement Award (Global Positioning System) (1997).
- Wheelock received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army from West Point in May 1983. He entered the U.S. Army Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Alabama in 1984 and graduated at the top of his flight class and was designated as an Army Aviator in September 1984. Subsequently served as a combat aviation Section Leader, Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, and Air Cavalry Troop Commander in the Pacific Theater (Hawaii, Korea and the Philippines). Following a successful command, he was assigned to the Aviation Directorate of Combat Developments, Fort Rucker, Alabama, as a Research and Development Staff Engineer. He earned a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992, having completed graduate studies and independent research in the areas of hypersonic and high temperature gas dynamics, flight stability and control, and automatic control and robotics. He was selected as a member of Class 104 at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and upon completion was assigned as an Experimental Test Pilot with the U.S. Army Aviation Technical Test Center (ATTC). With ATTC, his flight testing was focused in the areas of tactical reconnaissance and surveillance systems in the OH-58D(I), RU-21H and C-23. His tour with ATTC culminated with his assignment as Division Chief for fixed wing testing of airborne signal and imagery intelligence systems in support of the National Program Office for Intelligence and Electronic Warfare. He is also a graduate of the Army Airborne and Air Assault Courses, the Aviation Advanced Course, the Material Acquisition Management Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
A dual rated Senior Army Aviator; he has logged over 2000 flight hours in 43 different rotary and fixed wing aircraft.
- NASA EXPERIENCE:
- Wheelock was assigned to NASA at the Johnson Space Center in August of 1996. His technical assignments with the Vehicle Integration Test Office (VITO) have included support engineer for Space Shuttle missions STS-81, STS-82, STS-94, STS-84 and STS-85 Terminal Count Demonstration Test (TCDT) and Launch Countdown (LCD) testing and vehicle preparation. He was selected as the VITO Lead Engineer for the joint U.S. Space Shuttle and Russian Space Station MIR mission STS-86, and Lead Engineer for International Space Station element-to-element hardware fit checks. Selected by NASA in June 1998, he reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate
Training includes orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness survival techniques. Following a period of training and evaluation, Wheelock will receive technical assignments within the Astronaut Office before being assigned to a space flight.