Good Morning LAA Members.

This is to inform you that there will be no LAA meeting this coming week. We are once again delaying the date. Our next target date is no earlier than Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

We will keep you informed as for the furlough situation continues.

Dick Davis, 757-595-7474

The next LAA meeting will be held at LaRC in the NACA room in the Building B2102.  The guest speaker will be Mr. Clinton H. Cragg, Capt., USN (Ret.  See below:

Lecture at Langley Alumni Association Meeting

NACA Room, B2102

January 22, 2019

NESC Independent Review of the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Pilot’s Physiological Episodes

Presented by 

Mr. Clinton H. Cragg, Capt., USN (Ret.)

Principal Engineer

NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC)

Langley Research Center


The USN’s F/A-18 fighter jet aircraft had been experiencing an increased occurrence of reported physiological episodes (PE). For nearly a decade, NAVAIR’s investigations of these events had been without success.

The Secretary of the Navy was recently directed by Congress to conduct an independent review of the F/A-18 PEs. The Navy requested the assistance of NASA. The NASA scope, as assigned to NESC, included a review of the aircraft mishaps potentially related to such PEs, factors that may reduce the PE rate, and the performance of the relevant subsystems of the F/A-18 Hornet and F/A-18 Super Hornet. The presentation summarizes the results of this review.

About the Speaker:

Clint Cragg, upon graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978, entered the submarine and naval nuclear power training program.  His first submarine assignment was the USS Sand Lance, which at the time was undergoing a major engineering overhaul in Bremerton, Washington. Later, as the Ship’s Engineer on the USS Alabama, he supervised a department composed of six divisions and was directly responsible for the maintenance, operation and safety of the ship’s S8G nuclear reactor.  In 1990, he reported to his first shore tour at the Naval War College where he earned M.A. degrees in both Strategic Studies and International Relations.  In his next assignment as the Executive Officer of the USS Tunny, he prepared the ship and crew for four separate overseas deployments.  Selected for command, Clint took over as the Commanding Officer of USS Ohio in October of 1996.  After completing four strategic deterrent patrols, he was assigned as the Chief of Current Operations, US European Command. While in Europe he participated in several operations, which included the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

In 2003, he joined NASA as a founding member of the NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC). As a Principal Engineer, he leads teams of engineers to solve NASA’s toughest challenges. Some of those included the Space Shuttle’s Hold-down Post System, the Orbiter’s Reinforced Carbon-Carbon wing leading edge failure, updating the Shell Buckling Knockdown Factors, and assessing NASA’s Frangible Joints. He has also led teams assisting the US Navy and US Air Force in solving F-22 and F/A-18 issues. Additionally, he led a team of engineers that provided critical design guidance to the Chileans involved in constructing the trapped Chilean Miner’s rescue vehicle.


Attention all LAA Members:  The LAA Board has mounted an effort to update the LAA By-Laws to reflect how the organization is being run.  Most of the amendments are relatively minor or editorial but some, including how  LAA Dues are established and may be used, are significant to enable the LAA Board to efficiently conduct LAA business.  All of these changes have been reviewed and are supported by the LAA Board, however, per Article IX of the ByLaws amendments to the ByLaws must be presented to the LAA membership at the Annual Meeting and voted on by the Board of Directors at their first meeting following the LAA Annual Meeting. Please review the updated By-Laws HERE.


Our Christmas Luncheon (Aka Fall Luncheon or Winter Luncheon) was held at Angelo’s Steak and Pancake House, 755 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (Rte. 17) Newport News, VA on December 11, 2018, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.   The results of that luncheon is below:

Location/ Date::

Angelo’s Steak and Pancake House:

755  J. Clyde Morris Blvd. (Rte. 17)

Newport News, VA

11 December 2018: 11:30-1:30 PM

(Second Year in a row at this Location)

Entrees: Steak, Flounder, Chicken


  • 65 had signed up by Dec. 4-5 (65 was capable of the meeting room)
  • 9 canceled out due to health (Colds, flu, medical issues) 65-9= 57
  • 3 added in from waiting list: 57+3=60, the revised expected attendance figure
  • 4 no –shows on Meeting day: 60-4 =56= final Actual attendance
  • 2 no-shows were a medical emergency (Duncan McIver and wife) and should be forgiven the meal cost
  • The other 2-no-shows plain forgot and should be charged.

Conduct of meeting:

  • President Roger Ferguson welcomed the group, gave plans for January 8 Annual meeting
  • Dick Davis: registered attendees
  • Fred Morrell: collected meal fees
  • Bill Tennis: prepared Name Tags
  • Wayne Richie: Collected/Recorded  Member Dues Payments
  • Ira Abbott: Brought and decorated cake with NASA Symbols


The previous Langley Alumni Association Meeting was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018,  at the NASA Langley Cafeteria (Building 2102). The speaker was Mr. Howard J. “Howie” Lewis, Director, Flight Research Operations – Retired. His topic was “Evolution of Flight Operations at NASA Langley during 2003-2008”. His presentation was well received by the attendees shown in the photo below:

Minutes for both the LAA General Meeting and Board Meeting are contained in the Meeting and Minutes section.


Information on Obtaining Badges to Attend LAA Meetings at LaRC

To attend Langley Alumni Association (LAA) meetings, Langley retirees can obtain a one-day visitor badge at the NASA Langley Badge and Pass Office. Please bring two forms of government-issued identification. We now have a new process to renew your six-month badge.  Within two-three weeks of the badge expiration date, please send an email to:

Please include your legal first and last name as well as a telephone or cell number and state that you are requesting a six-month LAA badge renewal. Call the Badge and Pass Office at 757-864-2790 within a week after you receive notice that the renewal is being processed and to ensure your new badge is ready for pick-up.

 Ongoing Activities

The LAA has a close working partnership with the NASA Langley Research Center. Our liaison to NASA Langley Research Center is the talented Melanie Robinson, and she can be reached at 757-864-2660. melanie.l. robinson@nasa,gov.

The Langley Research Center NACA and NASA Hall of Honor (HoH) is an important partnership between the LAA and LaRC to honor the pioneers and contributors to LaRC over the years. The permanent display of the Honorees at LaRC for Classes 2015 and 2017 has been completed and can be viewed in the NACA Room of the NASA Langley Cafeteria, where the LAA meets. This is an exciting accomplishment of the LAA and NASA Langley Research Center partnership and praise for the outstanding effort of the Langley Graphics team. You can find more information about the 2015 and 2017 classes at the NASA LaRC Hall of Honor website.

The LAA is investigating establishing a new LAA effort to explore and develop information on Langley Retiree Knowledge Capture (LRKC).  LAA retirees comprise a vast reservoir of past experience and expertise that possibly needs to be readily available to LaRC, other NASA Centers, and organizations.  A sub-committee has been appointed by the LAA to explore this matter.  Members of this sub-committee are Marilyn Ogburn, Rob Calloway, Wayne Richie, and Dan Palumbo and will be reporting on a proposed charter and any proposed plans at the November LAA Board meeting.

The LAA Board is continuing to pursue information on spousal benefits. LAA Board will work with Melanie Robinson to acquire the necessary information.

There is an excellent series of monthly lectures available to the LAA membership. The Colloquium is presented in the LaRC Reid Center auditorium at 2:00 pm and the same or similar Sigma Series lecture in the VASC at 7:30 pm. Please visit Colloquium and Sigma Lectures for more details including the upcoming topic.

To keep up with activities at the NASA Langley Research Center visit the NASA Langley Website.

NASA Langley provides an excellent website on public cultural resources at the Center. Please visit Public Cultural Resources.

The Federal Employee Health Benefits health plan brochures are available online at this link.

Comments or Corrections to this website should be addressed to Duncan McIver @