Gen. Moorman is 2012 Hill Award Recipient

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

 Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF, Ret., former vice chief of staff of the Air Force will be presented with the Space Foundation's highest honor, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award, at a special luncheon sponsored by Raytheon on April 18, 2012, at the 28th National Space Symposium at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Named for the Space Foundation's former, long-time chairman, the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award is one of the global space community's highest honors; past recipients have included Norman Augustine, Gen. Bernard Schriever, Buzz Aldrin, Peter Teets, Dr. Hans Mark and E.C. "Pete" Aldridge, among others.

About the 28th National Space Symposium
The annual Space Foundation National Space Symposium brings together all sectors of space to highlight accomplishments and address opportunities and issues facing the global space community today.

Returning for 2012 will be the popular cyberspace and new generation events. Cyber 1.2 will be held on Monday, April 16, and requires separate registration. An expanded New Generation Space Leaders Program for young, up-and-coming space professionals, age 35 and younger, will be offered throughout the four-day Symposium.

About Moorman
In addition to his role as vice chief of staff, Moorman's many Air Force accomplishments include serving as: commander and vice commander of Air Force Space Command; director of Space and Strategic Defense Initiative Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon; director of the Office of Space Systems; and vice commander of the 1st Space Wing. He has served on the Aerospace Corporation board of trustees and is currently the vice chairman. He also served on the Space Foundation board of directors from 1997 to 2010, and was chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010. In 2008, he retired as a partner with the international management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he had been responsible for the firm's Air Force and NASA businesses.

Moorman has received numerous awards for contributions to the nation's and Air Force space programs including the Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, the General Thomas D. White Space Trophy, the American Astronautical Society's Astronautics Award and the Space Foundation Space Achievement Award. He was selected by Space News as one of the top ten contributors to the nation's space program.

Moorman earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.; a master's degree in business administration from Western New England College (now Western New England University), Springfield, Mass.; and a master's in political science from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. He has also been awarded two honorary degrees - a doctorate in management from Colorado Technical University, Colorado Springs; and a Doctor of Laws degree from Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

About the Award
The Space Foundation annually presents the Hill award in honor of its late, long-time chairman, Gen. James E. Hill, USAF, Ret. The award recognizes outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves through lifetime contributions to the welfare or betterment of humankind through exploration, development and use of space, or through use of space technology, information, themes or resources in academic, cultural, industrial or other pursuits of broad benefit to humanity. Tickets for the award luncheon can be purchased by Symposium attendees, but sell out quickly. For details see the registration section of

Pictured: Gen. Thomas S. Moorman, Jr., USAF, Ret., former vice chief of staff of the Air Force and the 2012 recipient of the Space Foundation General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award

This article is part of Space Watch: November 2011 (Volume: 10, Issue: 11).