ISS 22/23 Flight Engineer,
Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer,
Colonel, U.S. Army,
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Born November 15, 1959 in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, but considers Upper
Marlboro, Maryland, to be his hometown.
B.S., Chemistry, Loylola College, 1982.
M.S. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992.
FAMILY STATUS: married.
Wife: Margaret E. Hammer. They have two sons: Patrick and Jamie.
HOBBY: tennis, running, SCUBA, German language, information technologies.
HONORS AND AWARDS:
Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and National Defense
From May 1982 he served in the U.S. Army.
From December 1982 to August 1983 he studied at the U.S. Army Aviation
School, when he finished his studies he was designated as an Army Aviator.
Then he was assigned to the 1st Armored Division where he was a section
leader, platoon leader, flight operations officer and a personal staff
officer for the 501st Attack Helicopter Battallion.
In 1987 he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as commander
of air cavalry troop in the 17th Cavalry. Later he served there as the
personnel officer of the 82nd Aviation Brigade.
In 1992 he was assigned to the Department of Physics at the United
States Military Academy as an Assistant Professor.
He passed training in the Army Parachutist Course, Army Jumpmaster
Course and the Command and General Staff College.
He worked as a Space Operations Officer, with the Army Space Command,
stationed in Houston.
Since July 1995 he was a Space Shuttle vehicle integration test engineer.
He conducted the equipment checks and testing before each launch. Creamer
directly supported eight Shuttle missions as a vehicle integration test
He took part in the 15th and 16th astronaut selections by NASA.
In June 1998 he was enlisted in NASA astronaut corps as a mission specialist
(the 17th selection). From August 1999 he passed a course of general space
training and having completed his studies, he got qualification as a mission
specialist and was assigned to NASA Astronaut Office. In summer 2000 Creamer
was assigned to the Space Station Branch of the Astronaut Office where
he was engaged in the development of the computer equipment for Space Station
and Control Center, as well as the Local Area Network integrating different
modules of the International Space Station.
In November 2000 Creamer became the Crew Support Astronaut for the
Expedition 3 Crew.
In March 2002 Creamer headed the Hardware Integration Section of the
Space Station Branch, responsible for ensuring all hardware configurations
were properly integrated.
On February 13, 2007 by NASA decision he was assigned as the backup
crew flight engineer for Expedition 18 to the ISS.
On February 12, 2008 NASA officially declared of his assignment to
the backup crew for Expedition 19 to the ISS.
On June 16-22, 2008 in Sevastopol (the Ukraine) Creamer took part in
training within the preliminary crew, together with Sergei Ryzhikov (Russia)
and Shannon Walker (USA) in case of the descent module water landing.
In January 2008 it was reported that he was assigned to the prime crew
for Expedition 22 to the ISS. On September 21, 2008 his assignment was
confirmed in the ISS flight plan published by Roscosmos press-service.
On November 21, 2008 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA (press-release
¹08-306) when the ISS-20 - ISS-26 crew members were declared.
Based on data of site www.astronaut.ru, www.nasa.gov.