El Segundo, Calif. (Jan. 18, 2016) – Retired Air Force general and former astronaut Kevin P. Chilton has announced his resignation from The Aerospace Corporation’s board of trustees, effective June 30.

“I would like to thank General Chilton for his service to the board and to the nation,” said Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Aerospace’s board chairman. “The Aerospace Corporation has benefitted significantly from his wisdom and leadership through his service as an Aerospace trustee.”

Chilton was elected to the board on June 8, 2011 and elected chair of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee on December 9, 2011. Chilton retired from the Air Force in February 2011. Chilton held many positions during his service in the Air Force, including: commander of United States Strategic Command; commander of Air Force Space Command; service on the Air Force Space Command Staff, the Air Staff, and the Joint Staff; and commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing; the 8th Air Force; and the Joint Functional Component Command for Space and Global Strike. Early in his career, Chilton served as a combat-ready pilot, instructor pilot, flight commander, and test pilot. He also served as a NASA astronaut from 1988 to 1998, logging more than 700 hours in space.

The Aerospace Corporation is a California nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 3,600 employees. It provides guidance and advice to military, civil and commercial customers to ensure the success of complex, technology-based programs. The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., with multiple locations across the United States.