AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make
James Milt Heflin
Graduation Year: 1966
Degree Earned: Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics
Institution: University of Central Oklahoma
Heflin retired in 2013 after a 47-year career at the Johnson Space Center. He served as a recovery engineer for eight Apollo splashdowns in the Pacific Ocean; as a flight controller in Mission Control for the Space Shuttle Enterprise Approach and Landing Tests and for the first nine Space Shuttle missions; and as a flight director for 20 Space Shuttle missions, including seven of these as the lead flight director. He received two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and was a co-recipient of the 1993 “Collier Trophy” recognizing his leadership during the Hubble Telescope repair mission.