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Space Foundation Board of Directors Member ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.), Nominated to Serve on National Space Council's Users Advisory Group

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2018) – The nomination of Space Foundation Board Member and former Chairman ADM James O. Ellis, Jr., USN (Ret.), to the National Space Council’s Users Advisory Group has been confirmed by the White House, as Vice President Mike Pence, Chairman of the National Space Council, announced the candidates selected to serve.


The announcement was made on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the eve of the second meeting of the National Space Council, which included testimonials from leaders in the civil, commercial and national security sectors about the importance of the United States’ space enterprise.


“I can attest that you will not find a more devoted and patriotic leader who has more experience in shaping operational and policy space issues,” said Space Foundation CEO Thomas E. Zelibor. “ADM Ellis’ background and his prominent work in this field will continue to serve our country well.”


Pending official appointment by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the selected members of the Users Advisory Group will serve to fulfill President Trump’s mandate to “foster close coordination, cooperation and technology and information exchange” across our nation’s space enterprise.

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