Victor Jerome Glover (born April 30, 1976) is a NASA astronaut of the class of 2013.
Glover is a Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy who hails from Pomona, California and Prosper, Texas. He is an F/A-18 pilot and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Glover holds degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Air University and Naval Postgraduate School. He currently is serving as a Navy Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Congress.
Victor is a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He pledged the Omicron Pi chapter at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
PERSONAL DATA: Born in Pomona, California. Married to the former Dionna Odom of Berkeley, California. They have four children. His mother lives in southern California and his father and step-mother live in Prosper, Texas.
EDUCATION: Ontario High School, Ontario, California, 1994. Bachelor of Science, General Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, 1999. Master of Science, Flight Test Engineering (USAF TPS), Air University, Edwards Air Force Base, California, 2007. Master of Science, Systems Engineering (PD-21), Naval Postgraduate School, 2009. Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, Montgomery, Alabama. 2010.
ORGANIZATIONS: Dean’s Advisory Council, College of Engineering, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated; Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Member; National Society of Black Engineers; International Council
on Systems Engineering (INCOSE); Tailhook Association – Life Member.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration September 2015
SPECIAL HONORS: Ontario High School 1994 athlete of the year; Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Service to the Community Award and community service notation on transcripts; Distinguished Graduate and Regimental Commander, United States Navy Officer Candidate School; Onizuka Prop Wash Award, United States Air Force Test Pilot School; Distinguished Graduate, Air Command and Staff College; Named one of Jet Magazine’s inaugural 40 under 40 in 2013. Military decorations include a Navy Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
EXPERIENCE: Following commissioning Glover began preflight training in Pensacola, Florida and completed his advanced flight training in Kingsville, Texas, earning his wings of gold on December 14, 2001. In 2002, Glover reported to the Marine Fleet Replacement Squadron, VMFAT-101, in Miramar, California. In 2003, after completing the F/A-18C syllabus, he was assigned to the Blue Blasters of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-34 in Oceana, Virginia. With the Blue Blasters he completed the final deployment of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While deployed, he completed a Space Systems Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Glover was then selected as the United States Navy’s exchange pilot to attend the Air Force Test Pilot School. During the one-year experimental test piloting course, he flew more than 30 aircraft in the United States and Italy. On June 9, 2007, he was designated a test pilot. Glover then served as a test pilot with the Dust Devils of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron VX-31 in China Lake, California, testing various weapons systems on the F/A -18 Hornet, Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler. In his off-duty hours, he earned a Master of Science degree in Systems Engineering via NPS in Monterey, California. In 2009, Glover received orders to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Following graduation, Glover reported to the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-195, in Atsugi, Japan, where he served as a Department Head. With the Dambusters, he deployed three times to various locations in the Pacific Ocean. In 2012, Glover was selected for the Legislative Fellowship. He reported to the Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC, and was assigned to the office of a United States senator. While in Washington DC, he completed a Certificate in Legislative Studies at Georgetown University. Glover was a Legislative Fellow in the United States Senate when selected as an astronaut candidate.
Glover accumulated 2,000 flight hours in more than 40 aircraft, over 400 carrier arrested landings and 24 combat missions.
NASA EXPERIENCE: Glover was selected in June 2013 as one of eight members of the 21st NASA astronaut class. His Astronaut Candidate Training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training. He completed astronaut candidate training in July 2015, and is now qualified for future assignment.