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Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Personal Leadership for Patriots Tribute to Veterans

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Personal Leadership for Patriots

Tribute to Veterans

hosted by the Southern Museum of Flight and Patriotism in Action

November 2, 2017

Join us for this FREE event celebrating personal leadership and patriotism in action of our military as well as honoring our veterans and their families.

Social Hour: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meet special guests: Patriotism In Action/Life Leaders America, Support Committee for the Alabama National Cemetery (SCALNC), The American Village, Team Red, White & Blue,  AARP of Alabama, and Still Serving Veterans. Wine tasting sponsored by Vizzini Farms Winery. Drink tickets for full glasses of wine will be available for $5 (cash only please) through Patriotism in Action.

Program: 6:30-8:00 p.m. with Samford Air Force ROTC Color Guard, keynote speaker United States Retired Brigadier General and former NASA astronaut, Robert L. Stewart,  reflections by Dr. David Dyson on founding of America’s Veterans Day in Birmingham, performance by Homeland.

RSVP by Monday, October 30th, seating is limited.

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NAME: Robert L. Stewart (Brigadier General, USA, Ret.)
NASA Astronaut (former)

PERSONAL DATA: Born August 13, 1942, in Washington D.C. Married to the former Mary Jane Murphy of LaGrange, Ga. Two daughters, four grandchildren. His interests include woodworking, photography and skiing. 

EDUCATION: Graduated from Hattiesburg High School, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in 1960; received a bachelor of science degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1964, and a master of science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, in 1972. 

ORGANIZATIONS: Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Association of Space Explorers past member of Phi Eta Sigma, and the Scabbard and Blade (military honor society). 

SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded Army Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, 2 Legion of Merit, 4 Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal, 33 Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and "V" Device, 2 Purple Hearts, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the U.S. and Vietnamese Vietnam Service Medals, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry; Recipient of NASA Space Flight Medal (1984 & 1985). Other awards include: Army Aviation of the Year, 1984, AHS Feinberg Memorial Award, AIAA Oberth Award; Distinguished Graduate, University of Texas at Arlington, 1990; University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame, 1993; Air Force Command and Staff Gathering of Eagles. 1990, Elected to the Army Space Pioneers Hall, 2005, and the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, 2007 

EXPERIENCE: Stewart entered on active duty with the United States Army in May 1964 and was assigned as an air defense artillery director at the 32nd NORAD Region Headquarters (SAGE), Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama. In July 1966, after completing rotary wing training at Ft. Wolters, Texas, and Ft. Rucker, Alabama, he was designated an Army aviator. He flew 1,035 hours combat time from August 1966 to 1967, primarily as a fire team leader in the armed helicopter platoon of "A" Company, 101st Aviation Battalion (redesignated 336th Assault Helicopter Company). He was an instructor pilot at the U.S. Army Primary Helicopter School -- serving 1 year in the pre- solo/primary-1 phase of instruction and about 6 months as commander of methods of instruction flight III, training rated aviators to become instructor pilots. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army's Air Defense School's Air Defense Officers Advanced Course and Guided Missile Systems Officers Course. Stewart served in Seoul, Korea, from 1972 to 1973, with the 309th Aviation Battalion (Combat) as a battalion operations officer and battalion executive officer. He next attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland, completing the Rotary Wing Test Pilot Course in 1974, and was then assigned as an experimental test pilot to the U.S. Army Aviation Engineering Flight Activity at Edwards Air Force Base, California. His duties there included being chief of the integrated systems test division, as well as participating in engineering flight tests of UH-1 and AH-1 helicopters and U-21 and OV-1 fixed wing aircraft, serving as project officer and senior test pilot on the Hughes YAH-64 advanced attack helicopter during government competitive testing; and participation with Sikorsky Aircraft test pilots in developing an electronic automatic flight control system for the new Army transport helicopter -- the UH-60A Black Hawk.

He has military and civilian experience in 40 types of airplanes and helicopters and logged over 6,000 hours total flight time.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Stewart became a NASA Astronaut in August 1979. His technical duties in the astronaut office have included testing and evaluation of the entry flight control systems for STS-1 (the first Space Shuttle orbital mission), ascent abort procedures development, and payload coordination. He also served as support crewman for STS-4, and Ascent/Orbit CAPCOM for STS-5. He served as a mission specialist on STS-41B in 1984 and STS-51J in 1985, and has logged a total of 289 hours in space, including approximately 12 hours of EVA operations.

In 1986, while in training for his scheduled third flight to be known as 61-K, Col Stewart was selected by the Army for promotion to Brigadier General. Upon accepting this promotion General Stewart was reassigned from NASA to be the Deputy Commanding General, US Army Strategic Defense Command, in Huntsville, Alabama. In this capacity General Stewart managed research efforts in developing ballistic missile defense technology. In 1989, he was reassigned as the Director of Plans, US Space Command, Colorado Springs, CO. General Stewart retired from the Army in 1992 and currently makes his home in Huntsville, AL.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-41B Challenger (February 3-11, 1984) was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land there 8-days later. During the mission, Stewart participated in two extravehicular activities (EVA's) to conduct first flight evaluations of the Manned Maneuvering Units (MMU's). These EVA's represented man's first untethered operations from a spacecraft in flight.
STS-51J Atlantis (October 3-7, 1985) was launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and after 98 hours of orbital operations returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It was the second Space Shuttle Department of Defense mission, and the maiden voyage of Atlantis, the final Orbiter in the Shuttle fleet. During the mission he was responsible for a number of on-orbit activities.


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Southern Museum of Flight
4343 73rd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35206

Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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The Southern Museum of Flight

The Southern Museum of Flight is dedicated to investigating, preserving, and promoting the rich stories of Southern Aviation and to providing exciting, interactive educational programming for people of all ages. Through collaborative partnerships with the community, the Southern Museum of Flight provides a continuum of exhibitions, displays, and educational services with a sincere devotion to cultural and historical literacy.  


4343 73rd Street North
Birmingham, AL 35206

Operating Hours
Tuesday – Saturday
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone & Fax
[P] 205-833-8226
[F] 205-836-2439

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Admission Prices
Adults $7
Seniors & Students $6
Three & Under Free
Active Military & Family Free

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