Air Force Academy will rename building for ’64 grad, NASA astronaut retired Col. Frederick Gregory

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U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. – The Air Force Academy will honor Class of 1964 Distinguished Graduate retired Col. Frederick Gregory by renaming a building “Gregory Hall” after the distinguished Airman and NASA astronaut.

Later this year, the Academy will rename the building formerly known as the Consolidated Education and Training Facility, which houses the dean of faculty’s astronautical engineering and civil engineering laboratories, as well as the departments of chemistry and biology.

Gregory flew 550 combat rescue missions in Vietnam, earned competitive selection in the first class of space shuttle astronauts, and was the first Black American to pilot a spacecraft where he accrued 455 hours in space.

During his career, Gregory flew 6,976 hours in over 50 aircraft, both incredible feats of airmanship. Gregory later served as NASA’s deputy and acting administrator.

“Gregory Hall will serve as an inspiration to cadets for generations to come,” said Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Richard Clark. “Col. Gregory excelled in academics, in the air, and in space. He epitomizes the Academy’s heritage and also its future as the Academy of the Space Force.”

The renaming was approved earlier this year by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr.