CNATTU Lemoore family blasts into the stratosphere with NASA selection

21 December 2021

From Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Michael Hamm

LEMOORE, Calif. -- Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Lemoore takes great pleasure in recognizing one of its staff member’s spouse on a momentous achievement.

LEMOORE, Calif. -- Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Lemoore takes great pleasure in recognizing one of its staff member’s spouse on a momentous achievement.
 
On Dec. 6, NASA selected Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Wittner, wife of CNATTU Lemoore’s Lt. Cmdr. Tim Wittner, as one of its ten new astronaut candidates.

Jessica, a native of Clovis, California, has made her dream to be among the stars a possibility. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 2001 as an aviation machinist mate where she worked as an aircraft mechanic prior to acceptance in the Navy’s Seaman-to-Admiral-21 Commissioning Program in 2006. She earned her commission after graduating from the University of Arizona in 2009 which led to flying F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets and later the Naval Test Pilot School. At the time of her selection, she was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 as a department head.

Count her proud husband Tim, who serves as CNATTU Lemoore’s training support department head, as her biggest fan.
 
“Jessica has achieved many spectacular milestones during her 20-year career in the Navy, not the least of which was acing Aviation Machinist’s Mate “A” school, but she never stopped striving toward her life-long dream of becoming an astronaut.” Tim said.  “Words can’t describe how proud I was to witness the culmination of her dream, nor how excited I am for our family’s future in Houston!”  
 
The joy and excitement for the Wittner family was also felt throughout the command.
 
“We are proud of the Wittner family and come to realize that all good things must come to an end,” Cmdr. Manuel Sanchez, CNATTU Lemoore commanding officer, said.  “She is not only our fellow Mustang as a former AD1, but a critical member of our spouse group and CNATTU family.  Jess’ achievement was a total surprise to the team, but it could not happen to a more humble, professional and goal setting leader and friend.  CNATTU Lemoore wishes her all the best as she prepares to forego two years of arduous training.  Her days of sacrifice and hard work in pursuit of reaching for the stars will soon become a reality.”

According to a NASA press release on the selection, Wittner and nine others were selected from a field of 12,000 applicants.  They will report for duty next month, and their initial astronaut training falls into five major categories: operating and maintaining the International Space Station's complex systems, training for spacewalks, developing complex robotics skills, safely operating a T-38 training jet, and Russian language skills.

For more on Wittner, visit her NASA bio link at: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/jessica-wittner/biography
 
 
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