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Fw: NASA ADMINISTRATOR NAMES RETIRED MARINEGENERAL TO LEAD JOHNSON SPACE CENTER



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR Z. ROWE - N1ORC


Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington        Feb. 12, 2002
(Phone: 202/358-1600)

RELEASE: 02-26

NASA ADMINISTRATOR NAMES RETIRED MARINE GENERAL TO LEAD JOHNSON SPACE
CENTER

     NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today named Jefferson D. Howell,
Jr., as the new Director for NASA's Johnson Space 
Center (JSC) in Houston, effective April 1.

Howell, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General and former
commander of Marine Forces, Pacific, currently serves 
as Senior Vice President and Program Manager for the Safety, Reliability,
and Quality Assurance contract at JSC. 
He is employed by Science Application International Corporation (SAIC). 

"General Howell is a true patriot and leader with more than three decades
of executive management and financial management experience," said
Administrator O'Keefe. 
"Throughout his military and civilian careers, Jeff has been a leader, an
innovator and a team builder. He's the right 
person to lead the NASA center that's the cornerstone of our human
spaceflight operations."

Howell replaces Roy S. Estess, who was temporarily assigned to JSC last
February as Acting Director. Estess, a native of 
Mississippi, will return to his duties as Director of NASA's John C.
Stennis Space Center.

"Over the past year, Roy has done a terrific job leading the dedicated
people at Johnson," Administrator O'Keefe added. 
"He agreed to step in at a difficult and challenging time for the agency.
His outstanding stewardship and advice played a vital role in today's
announcement, and I have expressed my deep appreciation for his service
to JSC and to NASA."

Howell has been with SAIC since February 1999, when he first served as
Deputy Program Manager of the safety contract. He 
was named Program Manager in August 1999. Howell manages more than 525
people in support of a contract focused on safety 
and mission assurance in support of the Space Shuttle and International
Space Station programs.

He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998 as Marine Forces Pacific
Commander, reporting to the four star Commander in Chief, Pacific. Howell
was responsible for the operational readiness, training, equipping and
welfare of 80,000 Marine personnel based throughout the area. In this 
capacity, Howell was also charged with maintaining the readiness of more
than 600 aircraft and managing an annual operational budget of more than
one billion dollars.

"Howell's military service is exemplary and he has a legacy of
organizational and financial expertise," concluded 
Administrator O'Keefe. "I am proud that he has accepted the opportunity
and responsibility to lead JSC."

Assigned to naval flight training in 1964, Howell earned his wings as a
Naval Aviator in 1965. He flew more than 300 combat missions during
Vietnam.

In 1995, after numerous commands, he was promoted to Lieutenant General
and assigned as the Command, Marine Forces 
Pacific/Commanding General Fleet Marine Forces Pacific and Commander
Marine Corps Bases, Pacific. He was headquartered 
at Camp H.M. Smith, Oahu Hawaii, and designated Commander of U.S. Marine
Forces Korea and Commander U.S. Marine Forces Central Command.

During a distinguished military career, Howell was awarded the Navy
Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior 
Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star, and the Air Medal with
two individual and 25 strike flight awards, 
and the Navy Commendation Meal. In 1980, he received the John Paul Jones
Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy 
League of the United States.

He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree
in Economics at the University of Texas.

                          -end-



 

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