Randoph Bresnik is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and a NASA astronaut. He was born Randolph James Bresnik on September 11, 1967 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California in 1985. He then went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from The Citadel in 1989, and later a Master of Science degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2002. He is married to Rebecca Burgin, and they have two children, Wyatt born in 2006, and Abigail Mae born in 2009.
In May 1989, Bresnik was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps after attending the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at The Citadel. He attended The Basic School and Infantry Officers Course in Quantico, Virginia. Following Aviation Indoctrination and flight training in Pensacola, Florida, he was moved to Beeville, Texas and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1992. Bresnik then reported to the Navy Fighter/Attack Training Squadron VFA-106 for initial F/A-18 training.
In January 1999, Bresnik was chosen to attend U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland. After his graduation in December 1999, he was assigned as a F/A-18 Test Pilot/Project Officer at the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron. In January 2001, he returned to the USNTPS as a Fixed-Wing and Systems Flight Instructor, but after a year, he returned back to NSATS to continue flight testing on the F/A-18 A-F as the Platform/Project Coordinator.
In November 2002, he reported to Marine Aircraft Group 11 as the Future Operations Officer. In January 2003, he was deployed to Ahmed Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait, where he flew combat missions in the F/A-18 with VMFA(AW)-225 in support of Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom. In May 2004, Bresnik was selected as an astronaut candidate. Two years later, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training. In November 2009, he flew as a Mission Specialist on STS-129 and participated in the second and the third spacewalks of the mission.