USNA Grad/NAVY SEAL aboard Shuttle Endeavor

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by greeneagle5, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. greeneagle5

    greeneagle5 5-Year Member

    Dec 5, 2007
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    Some people are just blessed and this would certainly include Commander Chris Cassidy of York, Maine. Commander Cassidy is an unobtrusive, easy going, humble young man who is headed into outer space as the world’s second Navy SEAL to ever launch out of the Earth’s atmosphere, following in the legendary footsteps of Capt. William Shepherd, who worked on the International Space Station in1992. Commander Cassidy attributes his success to luck and chance and, as luck and chance would have it, Commander Cassidy is blessed with superior intellect, groundbreaking determination and masterful skills.

    As Commander Cassidy, mission specialist for Space Transportation System 127 (STS-127) puts it, “The goals in my career really just seemed to sort of happen. You know, good coincidence, timing and luck kind of play a lot into it.”

    He is just as quick to thank the guides and mentors who helped him throughout the SEALS training program where Commander Cassidy attributes learning the importance of teamwork as being the basis for his success. He reminds us all, “There are so many opportunities that exist in the Navy … the biggest thing is: Do your job and do your job well. And, if you do that, the doors are going to open, open wide for you to all kinds of other opportunities.”

    Career And Education

    Commander Cassidy graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1993 and then went on to Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in Coronado, Calif., where he received the Honors Graduate award. Following Captain Shepherd’s example, Cassidy applied to the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he earned his Masters Degree in ocean engineering in 2000. From there, Cassidy applied for NASA’s space program through the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS).

    After his first assignment to the SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two (SDVT-2) in Little Creek, Virginia, Cassidy had a phone conversation with Captain Shepherd, now Head Science Advisor of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). According to Shepherd, Cassidy contacted him to in the ’90s to discuss potentially becoming an astronaut. The rest, as they say, is history. Commander Cassidy was accepted into the space program in 2004.

    Personality And Professionalism

    Cassidy has served in the Navy SEALS for over 10 years where he has held such positions as executive officer and operations officer of Special Boat Team 20 in Norfolk and platoon commander at SEAL Team 3 in Coronado. Cassidy has served in the Mediterranean and deployed several times to Afghanistan where he was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation and two Bronze Stars with Combat ‘V’ and a for missions with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In addition, Cassidy was made an honorary member of the 10th Mountain Division by its soldiers, which is a rare and significant honor.

    It is apparent that Commander Cassidy has the drive and determination to succeed in whatever he sets his mind to. His gentle humor and dedication to family and country only endear him to us even more. According to Holly Ridings, a 10-year NASA veteran and the Lead Flight Director for STS-127, “I’m always impressed with Chris’s utter calm. Nothing fazes him. It’s that whole focused Navy SEAL thing.”
  2. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    I felt so bad for them last night, can you imagine 10 minutes to TO and it is scrubbed.
  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 5-Year Member

    Nov 25, 2007
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    Aliens better watch their backs.
  4. Zaphod

    Zaphod 10-Year Member Founding Member

    Jun 8, 2006
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    I remember early in the shuttle program there was one launch that got scrubbed after the shuttle's main engines had already lit off.

    A huge plume of steam and ............ NOTHING. No SRB ignition. Mission scrubbed. The computers had cut off the SRB ignition sequence during the three intervening seconds between ME and SRB light-off.

    IIRC, they launched the next day. Still, that must have SUCKED.
  5. basilrathbone

    basilrathbone 5-Year Member

    Apr 22, 2009
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    Chris Cassidy is currently on his first space walk. Very cool stuff. I believe he still has two more after this.

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