Bolden retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 2003 as commanding general of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing. He served for more than 34 years in the Marine Corps before becoming senior VP at TechTrans International through 2005. He is currently CEO of the privately held military and aerospace consulting firm JackandPanther.
Since joining the Marines in 1968, Bolden flew more than 100 sorties and served in Vietnam from 1972 to 1973. Years later, he embarked on two space shuttle missions as pilot and two as commander, NASA said. He was tapped to lead the safety division at the Johnson Space Center after the Challenger disaster in 1986. Six years later, he became assistant deputy administrator of NASA headquarters in 1992. Bolden has a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master of science in systems management from the University of Southern California.
Gen. Charles Bolden.