Colonel Jack Fischer
Former NASA astronaut Colonel Jack Fischer is an air force command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in 45-plus types of aircraft. After earning his BS in astronautical engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and his master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, he received his first assignment as an operational fighter pilot. Two combat tours and two rotations at the Pentagon later, he was selected by NASA in 2009 and served as a flight engineer in 2017 on board the International Space Station for Expeditions 51 and 52, logging 136 days in space with two space walks. The following year, he returned to the US Air Force to take a position at the Air Force Space Command.
In addition to numerous commendations and group awards for innovation and achievement, Colonel Fischer has received the Defense Superior Service and Meritorious Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, and NASA’s Distinguished Service and Space Flight Medals.