Kickoff Breakfast

NAAA Ag Aviation Expo
December 4–7, 2017 ♦ Savannah, Ga.

Thank You, 2016 Kickoff Breakfast Speaker, Colonel Mike Mullane 

Thank you to Colonel Mike Mullane, a retired astronaut, author and mountain climber who served as the Kickoff Breakfast speaker at the 2016 NAAA Convention on Dec. 5. 

Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, Colonel Mullane was commissioned in the United States Air Force. As a Weapon Systems Operator aboard RF-4C Phantom aircraft, he completed 134 combat missions in Vietnam. He holds a Master's of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is also a graduate of the Air Force Flight Test Engineer School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

Colonel Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the Shuttle Discovery (STS-41D) and Atlantis (STS-27 & 36) before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990. Mullane has been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame and is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.

Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book, Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream, and a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space?  His memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, has been reviewed in the New York Times and on the Jon Stewart Daily Show.  It was also featured on Barnes and Noble’s 2010 recommended summer reading list.

Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since the age of 60, he has summited Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, as well as Mt. Rainier and thirty-five of Colorado’s 14,000 ft. peaks.

Thank you to BASF for sponsoring the 2016 Kickoff Breakfast.