Col Guy Gardner USAF (Retired)
Col. Gardner began his career as an Air Force fighter pilot and test pilot. As a NASA Astronaut, he worked in many areas of space shuttle and space station development and support. His two flights in space were as pilot of Space Shuttle missions STS-27, launching a DoD payload, and STS-35, carrying the ASTRO-1 astronomy laboratory.
Guy’s government leadership positions have included Head of the USAF Test Pilot School, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Flight (Russian Programs) with the primary role of Program Director of the joint U.S./Russian space flight program Shuttle-Mir, Director of the FAA Technical Center, and FAA Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety (leading the government organization responsible for regulation and oversight of civil aviation safety).
Since leaving government service, Guy has served as a high school mathematics and physics teacher, a consultant in risk management and space flight development, a research manager and teacher at Purdue University and as the head of Riverside Military Academy, a boys college prep boarding and day school for grades 7-12 in Gainesville, GA. He recently retired as the President of the Williamson College of the Trades, a residential three-year junior college trade school in Media, PA. Williamson is known for instilling good character and work ethic along with trade skills in young men from lower income families.
In 2014, Guy backpacked 2185 miles from Georgia to Maine along the Appalachian Trail.
The awesome Linda Gardner is Guy’s wife of over 45 years, and has served as an elementary school teacher and art teacher. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Guy’s volunteer activities have included: member of various advisory boards, speaker to school and civic groups, youth group leader, adult and youth Sunday school teacher, and Explorer Post leader.
For a more detailed biography with links to various organizations he has served, go to http://www.guygardner.com/biodetails.html.