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Astronaut Colonel Christopher J. Loria, BS, MPA, PMP, AM, MSM, DSSM

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BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Colonel Christopher J. Loria, BS, MPA, PMP, AM (w/V), MSM, DSSM

Colonel Christopher J. Loria is a former NASA astronaut, retired senior officer of the United States Marine Corps, and a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983; studied Aeronautical Engineering at the postgraduate level from 1994 to 1996 at the Florida Institute of Technology; earned a Master of Public Administration degree in Strategic Management and Leadership in 2004 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University; and earned an Executive Certificate in Business Management and Leadership from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Colonel Loria’s Professional Military Education (PME) includes:

  • Earned Value Management Course, Defense Acquisition University
  • Systems Acquisition Course,  Defense Acquisition University
  • U.S. Air War College
  • U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College
  • U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School
  • U.S. Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School

Colonel Loria has a distinguished record of ethical leadership and retired from the United States Marine Corps. Colonel Loria received his commission after graduating from Annapolis in 1983, and was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1988. He transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125) at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, during August 1988 through August 1989. His next assignment was with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314) the “Black Knights” at Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. While assigned to the Black Knights he deployed to Bahrain for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he flew 42 combat missions in support of allied operations. In 1992, while assigned as an instructor pilot to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 (VMFAT-101), he was selected for the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. From January 1994 to July 1996, he was assigned to the Strike Aircraft Test Squadron, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, as an experimental test pilot. Colonel Loria distinguished himself in the areas of high angle of attack flight test, aircraft departure and spin testing, ordnance, flight controls and aircraft flying qualities testing for the F/A-18 Hornet, NASA F/A-18 ‘HARV’ thrust vectoring aircraft and the X-31A aircraft. After returning to the U.S. Marine Corps from NASA, he served as the Inspector General for the 1st Marine Air Wing, Okinawa, Japan and later as the Director of Operations (J3) for NORAD at Cheyenne Mountain, before retiring from military service on December 1, 2008.

Colonel Loria’s USMC, NASA and civilian professional experience includes:

  • 2012 – Present: Consultant, Loria Consulting, LLC, Arlington, Virginia, USA
  • 2011 – 2012: Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Exelis Geospatial Systems, Herndon, Virginia, USA
  • 2010 – 2011: Chief Architect, Nuclear Command, Control and Communications, Science Applications International Corporation, Fort Meade, Maryland, USA
  • 2009 – 2010: Assistant Vice President, Division Manager, Science Applications International Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama, USA
  • 2006 – 2008: Director of Operations, Cheyenne Mountain Command Center, NORAD-USNORTHCOM, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
  • 2005 – 2006: Inspector General, U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Forces Pacific, Okinawa, Japan
  • 2004 – 2005: Astronaut and Deputy Chief Engineer, Constellation Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Washington, D.C.
  • 2003 – 2004: NASA Fellow and Harvard University Fellow, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • 1996 – 2003: Astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Houston, Texas, USA
  • 1994 – 1996: Deputy Director of Operations, Project Manager and Test Pilot, VX-23 Flight Test Squadron, NAWC Patuxent River, Lexington Park, Maryland, USA
  • 1983 – 1993: U.S. Marine Corps Officer and F/A-18 Fighter Pilot, Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Irvine, California, USA

Colonel Loria is the author of the following publications and articles:

  • January 1996: X-31A Quasi-Tailless Flight Test Program, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Authors: Christopher J. “CJ” Loria, MPA, PMP, Mark E. Kelly
  • June 1995: F/A-18 Flight Control Software Testing, Society of Experimental Test Pilots. Authors: Christopher J. “CJ” Loria
  • March 2002: In Defense of Liberty, Representative American Speeches and Vital Speeches of the Day. Authors: Christopher J. “CJ” Loria, MPA, PMP, Dr. Kathleen Colgan, Ph.D.
  • Colonel Loria’s certifications include:
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
  • Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II – Test and Evaluation
  • FAA commercial pilot and experimental test pilot with 3,079 accident free flight hours in 32 aircraft

Colonel Loria’s military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, six Air Medals (two with “V” device for Valour), two Navy Commendation Medals (one with “V” device for Valour), and the Navy Achievement Medal. His other honours and awards include:

  • 2013: Distinguished Fellow, New Westminster College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 2010: NASA Certificate of Appreciation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA
  • 2004: Harvard Resident Fellow, Center for Business and Government, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2003: Harvard Non-Resident Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2003: NASA Fellow, Headquarters, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Washington, DC
  • 2003: NASA Acquisition Improvement Award, Headquarters, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Washington, DC
  • 2002: Distinguished Public Speaker and Author, Representative American Speeches and Vital Speeches of the Day
  • 2000: NASA Group Achievement Award, Headquarters, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Washington, DC
  • 1999: Distinguished Hispanic Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA
  • 1999: Latino Advocate for Education Award, Board of Supervisors, Orange County, California, USA
  • 1995-1996: U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Test Pilot of the Year, Naval Air Systems Command, NAWC Patuxent River, Maryland, USA

Colonel Loria’s memberships include:

  • Fellows of New Westminster College
  • Harvard University Alumni Association
  • U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
  • Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
  • Marine Corps Aviation Association
  • National Defense Industrial Association
  • The Society of Experimental Test Pilots
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Colonel Christopher J. Loria is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

 
 

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