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SENATE RESOLUTION No. ___




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     A SENATE RESOLUTION recognizing Commander Kevin Ford for his contributions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.



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First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)


SENATE RESOLUTION


     MADAM PRESIDENT:

    I offer the following resolution and move its adoption:

    A SENATE RESOLUTION recognizing Commander Kevin Ford for his contributions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Whereas, Commander Kevin A. Ford of Montpelier, Indiana has been with NASA since August of 2000, logging over 332 hours in space before his current mission;

    Whereas, Commander Ford was fascinated with flying at a very early age and earned his pilot's license before he graduated from high school;

    Whereas, After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Commander Ford was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force, completing Air force jet training at Columbus Air Force Base;

    Whereas, Commander Ford served in the Air Force until 2008, retiring as a Colonel. During his service, he earned numerous awards and distinctions, including the Legion of Merit, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal and the

Armed forces Expeditionary Medal, and the Air Force Test Pilot School David B. Barnes Outstanding Flight Instructor Award;

    Whereas, While he was in the Air Force, Commander Ford earned a Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology;

    Whereas, Commander Ford brought his education, experience, and passion for flight to NASA in 2000. In his first assignment, he worked advanced exploration issues and on the development and test of the Shuttle Cockpit Avionics Upgrade;
            
    Whereas, He was later appointed as Director of Operations for the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia, serving in that capacity from January to December of 2004;

    Whereas, He spent the next three years of his career serving as a Space Shuttle and International Space Station Capsule Communicator, where he worked on six shuttle missions and station Expedition Stage Operations;

    Whereas, In 2009, Commander Ford piloted his first space shuttle mission, the Space Shuttle Discovery, which completed 219 orbits of Earth in 13 days and 21 hours;

    Whereas, Commander Ford is currently serving at the International Space Station on Expeditions 33 and 34;

    Whereas, The crew from Expedition 33 launched on October 23, 2012 from Kazakhstan along with Russian cosmonauts. The Expedition 33 crew were able to successfully experiment with delay-tolerant networking and to control a robot on Earth from space;

    Whereas, In November 2012, Commander Ford became the commander of Expedition 34. The mission of Expedition 34 is to perform a variety of experiments that will aid scientists in the

understanding of microgravity and molecules and cells in blood;

    Whereas, Commander Ford and his fellow astronauts are scheduled to return to Earth in March of 2013;

    Whereas, No matter how far Commander Ford goes from Indiana, he always credits his upbringing in Indiana for making him the hard-working and driven person that he is today;

    Whereas, Commander Ford and his wife, Kelly, have two children, Anthony and Heidi; and

    Whereas, Commander Kevin A. Ford is truly a remarkable individual. He is a member of an elite group of people who have had orbited the Earth, but remains committed to his Hoosier roots: Therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate of the

General Assembly of the State of Indiana:


    SECTION 1. That the Indiana Senate recognizes Commander Kevin A. Ford for his contributions to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
    SECTION 2. The Secretary of the Senate is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to Commander Kevin A. Ford and his family.