Citadel alumnus to guide International Space Station

Col. Randy Bresnik became one of only 11 chosen for NASA’s Astronaut Class 9 out of a pool of 4,000.   File photo

Piloting Middle East missions and pursuing an advanced aviation degree have prepared Citadel graduate and NASA astronaut Col. Randy Bresnik for his next assignment — commanding the International Space Station’s (ISS) 53rd expedition in May 2017.

Scheduled to overlap “Expedition 52,” Bresnik will make his second visit to ISS. With previous experience living as a crew member of the Space Shuttle Atlantis, testing subterranean living for the European Space Agency and directing an underwater laboratory team, the retired USMC officer has inhabited many environments.

Currently training for the ISS assignment at Houston’s Johnson Space Center, Bresnik became one of only 11 chosen for NASA’s Astronaut Class 9 out of a pool of 4,000.

“Col. Randy Bresnik is an exceptionally visible example of The Citadel’s success at developing principled leaders,” said former classmate and colleague Col. Tom Clark USMC (Ret.), who flew with Bresnik in the Marine Corps and serves as director of The Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “His unassuming leadership style and service to our country as a pilot and an astronaut continue to inspire cadets and many others who follow Col. Bresnik’s accomplishments.”

Current Citadel cadet Angelica McNerny has been assigned to report on Bresnik’s work via the institution’s social media. She intends to commission with the USAF after her May graduation for Space Systems Operations training.

“The opportunities I have had at The Citadel while working toward my undergraduate degree in physics related to my interests in space exploration have been remarkable,” said McNerny. “It doesn’t get much better than this.”

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