Astronaut Raja Chari nominated to brigadier general post in US Air Force

Washington: Indian-American astronaut Raja J Chari has been nominated by President Joe Biden for the appointment to the grade of Air Force brigadier general. The nomination will have to be confirmed by the Senate which approves all senior civilian and military appointments, according to the US Defence Department. 

Air Force Colonel Chari, 45, was nominated for the appointment to the grade of brigadier general, it said in a statement. 

Chari is currently serving as the Crew-3 commander and astronaut at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center, Texas. 

He earned a master’s degree in aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland. 

Chari served as the commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California. 

In 2020, Chari was selected as the Commander of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) by NASA and the European Space Agency. 

Chari joins this mission with extensive experience as a test pilot. He has accumulated more than 2,500 hours of flight time in his career. 

Brigadier General (BG) is a one-star General Officer rank of the United States Air Force. It is just above Colonel and below Major General. 

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