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May 2, 2009

NASA Advisory Council members share a connection with community

Editor’s note: Through his travels and participation in the aerospace industry, Enid native Owen K. Garriott has had the opportunity to visit with many other officials, and he reports he often finds many in the field have ties to Enid. He recently attended a NASA Advisory Council and wanted to pass along to Enid News & Eagle readers some of their ties to Enid.

Even though retired from NASA for over 20 years, I still maintain a direct connection to the space agency as a member of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), which advises the administrator about policy and other issues relating to how NASA should plan its future. Within a larger group of about 30 advisors, there are six of us on the Operations Committee.

At our recent three-day quarterly meeting in Wash-ington, D.C., one member asked me about “my hometown,” and when he heard it was Enid, his face lit up with pleasure and enthusiasm as he described his experience on the Base Realignment and Closure Committee a few years ago. It was a fascinating story which I think many in our community might like to read.

In further discussion at dinner it turns out among the six of us, five have had a rather close, personal link to Enid. All of them were willing to provide a few short paragraphs describing their connection with Enid and an indication of how their lives have moved ahead after their brief stays in Enid, and all of their comments are provided in this article.

My own story already may be adequately covered in my home town, but in addition to 12 years in the public school system there, I have been pleased to be a co-founder of Leonardo’s Discovery Ware-house and return to Enid as often as possible.

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