Special Air Warfare Symposium

Col. (Ret.) Alvin Drew

Col. (Ret.) Alvin Drew

Department of Defense Liaison Manager, NASA Headquarters, NASA

Alvin Drew currently serves as currently serves at NASA Headquarters as the Department of Defense Liaison Manager. In 2016, he was Assistant Director for Aviation and Space Security on the Obama Administration White House Office of Science and Technology Policy staff, and in 2009 was the NASA Director of Operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. He served for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Command Pilot-Astronaut--logging more than 4,000 hours--flying combat rescue and special operations missions, as a test pilot, and in space. He was a mission specialist astronaut on two NASA Space Shuttle missions--STS-118 and STS-133–constructing the International Space Station, where he completed two spacewalks. Alvin has Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.