Navy Biography

Rear Admiral Stephen S. Oswald

Retired 3/12/2008

Rear Admiral Stephen S. Oswald

Rear Admiral Stephen S. Oswald is from Bellingham, Wash. and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973 in aerospace engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1974 and then flew the A-7 aboard the USS Midway. A 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, he participated in the F/A-18 flight test program through 1981 and then served aboard the USS Coral Sea. He worked briefly with Westinghouse as a corporate test pilot prior to being selected as a NASA astronaut in 1985. While with NASA, he flew three flights on the Space Shuttle totaling 33 days in space. He then became a NASA Senior Executive and served as Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Operations in Washington, D.C., responsible for the Space Shuttle, Expendable Launch Vehicles, and Space and Terrestrial Communications programs. He retired from NASA in January 2000. He is currently Vice President and Program Manager for the Space Shuttle with the Boeing Company, in Houston, Texas. As a reservist, Rear Adm. Oswald flew the RF-8 and the A-7 until 1988 when he transferred to the fledgling Naval Reserve space community. His assignments included three command tours, the last of which was at the Navy Space Systems Division in the Pentagon as Director, Naval Space Reserve Program. In 2000 and 2001, he served on active duty as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force - Computer Network Operations based in the Washington, D.C. He is currently assigned as the Reserve Deputy to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs (OPNAV N6/7) in the Pentagon. Rear Adm. Oswald has accumulated over 7500 flight hours and has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Updated: 13 March 2008