Timothy Creamer is a NASA astronaut as well as a Colonel in the United States Army. He was born Timothy “TJ” Creamer on November 15, 1959 in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, but he was raised in Maryland. He graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland in 1978, and then went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Loyola College in 1982. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the ROTC program. In August 1983, after attending the U.S. Army Aviation School, Creamer was designated as a Distinguished Graduate and as an Army Aviator. He was later assigned as a section leader and flight operations officer of the 1st Armored Division and as a personnel staff officer for the 501st Attack Helicopter Battalion. In 1987, he was assigned as commander of an air cavalry troop in the 17th Cavalry of the 82nd Airborne Division, and then as the personnel officer of the 82nd Aviation Brigade. In 1992, Creamer furthered his education by graduating from MIT with a Master of Science degree in Physics. He was subsequently assigned to the Department of Physics at the United States Military Academy as an Assistant Professor, and then as a Space Operations Officer with the Army Space Command in Houston, Texas.
In July 1995, Creamer was assigned to NASA at the Johnson Space Center as a Space Shuttle vehicle integration test engineer. There he was responsible for liaisons for launch and landing operations of the Space Shuttle. He was also involved in testing each Orbiter system for its upcoming flight, and he directly supported eight Shuttle missions as a vehicle integration test team lead. In August 1998, Creamer reported for Astronaut Candidate Training and following his completion of the first two years of intensive Space Shuttle and Space Station training, he was assigned technical duties in the Space Station Branch of the Astronaut Office. In November 2000, he became the Crew Support Astronaut for the Expedition 3 crew, which was in orbit from August to December 2001. He was the primary contact for all the crew needs, coordination, and interactions, and was also the leading representative of the crew while they were on orbit.
In March 2002, Creamer was chosen to lead the Hardware Integration Section of the Space Station Branch. There he was responsible for ensuring all hardware configurations were properly integrated and all operational aspects of the future ISS hardware were accounted for. In October 2004, he was assigned to be the astronaut office representative and coordinator for on-orbit Information Technologies, and subsequently was assigned to the Robotics Branch, which dealt with the International Partners on all computer aspects of Robotics operations. On December 20, 2009 Creamer launched into space aboard Soyuz TMA-17 and began a six-month tour of duty on the International Space Station as a flight engineer and science officer during the Expedition 22/Expedition 23 mission. He returned to earth on June 2, 2010. Currently, Creamer serves as the Army’s NASA Detachment commander. He is married to the former Margaret E. Hammer, and together they have two children.