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Diversity Office Presenting Space Careers Virtual Panel April 14

Space Careers panelist

Civil Air Patrol’s National Diversity Office joins CAP-USAF and CAP Aerospace Education in presenting the second in a series of virtual STEM career panel events. The Space Careers panel is set for 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, April 14, via Teams.

Featured panelists include several new U. S. Space Force members and an Air Force Reserve pilot who works in the commercial space industry.

  • Lt .Parice Anderson works with space launch operations as a range operations commander with the 45th Range Squadron, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. She provides real-time instrumentation and surveillance analysis to ensure successful deployment of space launch systems.
  • Capt. Sun Y. Lee is former operations flight commander with the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, and is now chief of training, Space Operations Squadron, Aerospace Data Facility – East, National Reconnaissance Office, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
  • Capt. Ronald Nguyen is a first-generation Vietnamese American who began his career as a nuclear operations officer and cross trained into space operations with specialties in military satellite communications, inspector general and space and orbital safety. He is aide-de-damp to Gen. John W. Raymond, Space Force chief of operations.
  • Maj. Jose Almanzar immigrated from the Dominican Republic to the U.S. while very young. He is deputy chief, Strategic Engagements, Chief of Space Operations Strategic Initiatives Group at the Pentagon. He supports the chief of space operations in the development of opportunities to create and advance Space Force initiatives and priorities.
  • Maj. Eleanor Morgan is an Air Force Reserve pilot as well as chief systems architect for Lockheed Martin’s human spaceflight projects, which include development of crewed mobility vehicles, surface habitat, and spacecraft for future expeditions to the moon and Mars.
  • Maj. Ajvish Varatharaj entered the Air Force in 2008 and commissioned into the  Space Force in October. He is working in the Commander’s Action Group as the speechwriter for Gen. James Dickson, Space Command commander. His duties also include coordinating with the Department of Defense, Joint Staff, Combatant Command staffs and service components to synchronize space priorities and planning efforts.

All CAP cadets and senior members are invited to the discussion to find out more. The event would be an excellent aerospace education career program for an entire squadron meeting.

The registration link and additional info, including full panelist biographies, can be found on the Space Careers Panel Event page. Email ae@capnhq.gov with questions.