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Space Foundation pays tribute to retired Air Force General Bernard Schriever with its highest award

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Dec. 2, 2003) — The Space Foundation announced today that Gen Bernard Schriever, USAF (Retired), is the recipient of its highest award, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. Schriever will be honored at a special luncheon during the 20th National Space Symposium next year. The National Space Symposium, hosted by the Space Foundation, is the premier annual space industry conference anywhere in the world. The event is scheduled March 29 – April 1, 2004, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award Luncheon, co-sponsored by Spectrum Astro, will take place on Wednesday, March 31. The General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Space Foundation, and is presented annually in honor of the late, long-time Foundation chairman, Gen James E. Hill, USAF (Retired). The award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through the exploration, development and use of space, or the use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. Nominations are solicited from throughout the space industry worldwide, with the honoree selected by the board of directors of the Foundation. Schriever was selected for developing the first ballistic missile programs – Atlas, Titan, Minuteman and Thor. He was an energetic test pilot, administrator and engineer who helped make systems integration an American science to be emulated throughout the world. The systems Schriever fostered are a testimony to his leadership, marking him as “the Father of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Program” and a legend in military space. Schriever’s Air Force assignments included commander of Air Research and Development Command; director of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory; and commander of Air Force Systems Command. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Stanford University. He also graduated from the Army Air Corps Flying School. After retiring from the Air Force in 1966, Schriever established a consortium called Urban Systems Associates, Inc.; and served as a consultant to civilian organizations and advisor to the Air Force and Department of Defense. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. 2004 marks the third annual presentation of the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award. The 2003 award was presented to CAPT James Lovell, Jr., USN (Retired); and in 2002 to Norman R. Augustine, chairman emeritus of Lockheed Martin Corporation. More than 5,000 space professionals from around the world are expected to participate in the 20th National Space Symposium. The event draws the most senior executive leadership from NASA and other space agencies, NOAA, the commercial space and satellite broadcasting industry, research universities and academia, space tourism concerns, the Department of Defense, military space commands and the global space industry. Symposium program information and on-line registration are available at or by calling the Space Foundation at 1-800-691-4000. The 20th National Space Symposium’s opening ceremony is co-sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation; the Corporate Partnership Dinner is co-sponsored by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award Luncheon is co-sponsored by Spectrum Astro; the exhibit center is sponsored by Northrop Grumman; the Space Technology Hall of Fame Dinner is co-sponsored by The Boeing Company; and the cyberspace center is sponsored by Hewlett Packard and Oracle Corporation. Additional sponsors include Analytical Graphics, Inc., BAE Systems, Computer Sciences Corporation, Eastman Kodak Company, Harris Corporation, Honeywell Space Systems, Infinite Links, Inmarsat, ITT Industries, Penwal Industries, Raytheon Company,, Space News, SpaceVest, and Stellar Solutions. About the Space Foundation
The Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Space Foundation is a national non-profit organization, which vigorously advances civil, commercial, and national security space endeavors and educational excellence. In addition to the National Space Symposium, the Space Foundation annually conducts, along with it partnering organizations, Space at the Crossroads, scheduled Feb. 18, 2004, in Washington, D.C.; and Strategic Space 2004, scheduled Oct. 5-7, 2004, in Omaha, Neb. The Foundation manages the on-site NASA Educational Resource Center; offers two distinct Master’s in Space Studies Degrees in conjunction with the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis University; and has trained more than 30,000 teachers since 1986 on Teaching With Space through Space Discovery graduate courses and national conferences. For more information, visit