Casey Stedman is an officer in the United States Air Force Reserve and a passionate advocate of space exploration. Although he was born in Vermont, he considers Washington State his home. Commissioned in the Air Force in 2003, Casey has logged over 2,500 hours as a navigator in C-130E/H, E-3B/C and T-43 aircraft. He is a combat veteran of both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and has served in numerous contingency operation worldwide. He is currently serving as a reservist and has been selected for promotion to the rank of Major in June 2014.
Casey earned a BA in Geography from Central Washington University in 2003, and is now pursuing a Masters in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide. His research focuses on Human Factors in Aviation, where he is investigating the application of Crew Resource Management to extra-vehicular activity, studying methods to reduce human error and increase safety in planetary exploration.
When not active with the Armed Forces, Casey promotes aviation and space exploration by public outreach engagements like the National Space Society, The Planetary Society, and as Ambassador for the Suborbital Applications Research Group. He is active on Twitter as @casey_stedman He also enjoys hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and alpine mountaineering.