Indian-American astronaut Raja Chari was nominated by US President Joe Biden for the post of Air Force brigadier general. The nomination has yet to be confirmed by the US Senate. The senate approves all senior civilian and military appointments, according to the US Defense Department. Brigadier General (BG) is a one-star General Officer rank of the United States Air Force.
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Air Force Col. Raja J Chari for appointment to the grade of brigadier general. Chari is currently serving as the Crew-3 commander and astronaut, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Johnson Space Center, Texas.
Who is Raja Chari:
- Raja Chari is a US Air Force Colonel, who is 45 years old and earned a master’s degree in aeronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Chari is also graduated from the the US Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland.
- In his career, Chari has served as the commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and European Space Agency made Chari the Commander of the SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
- As a pilot, Chari has over 2,500 hours of flight time in his career.