Bob Armstrong brings a wealth of experience to NEPTA.
Bob, who just recently retired from the NASA/Kennedy Space Center, worked as a Safety Field Representative for NASA/Kennedy Space Center as part of the Mission Assurance Directorate. Bob’s Top Secret Security Clearance allowed him to oversee projects with considerable scope and complexity by industries involved in the design, development, and manufacture of Space Shuttle, Space Laboratory, Space Station, and critical ground support systems. As a reputable highly admired Project Manager he reviewed procurement documents, engineering drawings, and specifications ensuring proper quality requirements were covered in NASA oriented acquisitions as well as verified delivered flight hardware and/or software conformed to contract requirements.
As a test engineer, he represented the United Space Alliance (USA) Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL. during the “Columbia Accident Investigation” at the Lockheed-Martin facility in Dallas, TX. He also performed pre-award quality assessments for NASA on several potential contractors to manufacture a Single Board Computer for the Next Generation Space Telescope. Additionally, he performed surveillance of Boeing Aerospace Corp., Palmdale, CA, during the major modification and structural inspection of the Obiter, Columbia (OV-102).
During his position as Experiment Integration Section Chief, Bob observed, reviewed, and evaluated employee performance. In addition he was responsible for the surveillance and monitoring of pre-launch quality operations and provided technical input for preparation of implementing instructions and procedures. His education, experience, and knowledge are highly admirable. It is appropriate to list a small part of his experience here: US Air Force Jet Aircraft Mechanic, Instructor to Pilots and Flight Engineers on the C-141A, C-130 Flight Engineer, Procurement Quality, Quality Assurance for Maintenance and Overhaul of Aircraft, Reading Specifications and Drawing, Statistical Processes, Contract Property Management, Level 2 Non Destructive Evaluation Inspector (Eddy Current, Liquid Penetrant, Magnetic Particle, Radiographic, and Ultrasonic), Defense Contract Administration Services Quality Assurance Instructor, Contract Administration, Survey and Audit Techniques, and Calibration Systems Requirements
Bob, in addition to his many years in the United States Air Force including a tour of duty in Vietnam, has several years of experience as a Project Manager working in various capacities from NASA Headquarters in Washington down to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Although Bob and his wife, Donna lost not only their home and also every single possession they had to a 20 foot wall of water that came crashing down during Hurricane Katrina, he still gives back to his community working a volunteer as a Major in his county’s Sheriff’s Department Reserve Unit. His ability to interpret government and private sector contract requirements, his in-depth knowledge of government audit procedures and his incredibly humility makes him a valuable asset to the National Emergency Planning and Training Association.