Retired astronaut and US Navy Captain
Mark Kelly is an American astronaut, retired United States Navy Captain, New York Times best-selling author, and experienced aviator with more than 6,000 flight hours in over 50 different aircraft. He flew combat missions in the first Gulf War and has made four trips into space; his final mission as the last commander of space shuttle Endeavour. Mark serves as an independent safety advisor for SpaceX and is a co-founder of World View Enterprises, an Arizona based aerospace company which is pioneering a frontier at the edge of space. He also serves on several corporate boards including the board of directors of Angel MedFlight.
In January 2011, Mark's wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in an assassination attempt. This tragic event forced Mark to learn more about air medical transport options as he searched for an air ambulance service to transfer Gabby to Houston for recovery and rehabilitation.
Mark understands all too well the needs of families facing the challenge of having to move a sick or injured family member across the country. He has reviewed Angel MedFlight's best-in-class aviation and clinical safety protocols and is confident in the service that Angel MedFlight provides its customers.
Meet Mark in Person at the ACMA National Conference!
On January 8, 2011, Captain Mark Kelly faced the toughest challenge of his life when an assassination attempt was made on his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He quickly realized the importance of building a team of strong health care professionals to guide Gabby's transitions of care. His dedication to family and Gabby's road to recovery captivated the nation.
For Mark Kelly, focus equals success-even in the face of adversity. Personifying the best of the American spirit, Mark is a homegrown hero who was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four space shuttle missions, and commander of the final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour. He offers a unique perspective on collaborative environments where decision-making can have life or death consequences. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication, and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. Mark shows audiences how to accomplish their mission
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