Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew Jr. (U.S. Air Force, Retired)
Drew was born Nov. 5, 1962, in Washington, D.C., and graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1980. He is a retired Air Force colonel with dual degrees in astronautical engineering and physics from the Air Force Academy, plus a master’s in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle University. Drew was selected as a mission specialist by NASA in July 2000 and attended a master’s degree program at Maxwell Air Force Base’s Air War College. He has piloted 30 different aircraft and logged three shuttle missions.
Robert Lee Satcher Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Satcher was born Sept. 22, 1965, in Hampton, Virginia. He became the first orthopedic surgeon in space during STS-12. Doctors and scientists are likely candidates for astronaut training. Satcher is both. He has a doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT and an M.D. from Harvard University. He has performed two spacewalks.
Leland D. Melvin (NFL Draft, 1986)