Eric Boe is an Air Force fighter pilot, test pilot and a NASA astronaut. He was born Eric A. Boe on October 1, 1964 in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Henderson High School in Chamblee, Georgia in 1983 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 1987. He was then commissioned from the Academy and completed Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. In 1988, Boe was assigned to the 3rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Clark Air Base in the Philippines as a combat ready pilot. He returned to the United States two years later and worked as a T-38 instructor pilot in the 50th Flying Training Squadron and as an AT-38B instructor pilot in the 49th Fighter Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base. In 1994, he transitioned to the 33rd Fighter Wing’s 60th Fighter Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He then flew 55 combat missions over Iraq in support of Operation Southern Watch after the Gulf War. After his service, Boe went back to school and received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1997.
Boe was chosen by NASA as an astronaut candidate in July 2000 and he reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Advanced Vehicles Branch and Station Operations Branch. He made his first trip to space aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour during STS-126 on November 14, 2008. He is presently scheduled to pilot his second space flight on STS-133, which will be the final scheduled flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. Until then, he is working on displays and controls for future space vehicles.
Boe is currently standing with a USAF aeronautical rating of Command Pilot/Astronaut, and he has been awarded many honors, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, five Aerial Achievement Medals, three Air Force Commendation Medals, the Air Force Achievement Medal, three Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards, the Combat Readiness Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, and the War on Terrorism Service Medal. He is married to the former Kristen Newman of Thousand Oaks, California, and they have two children.