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Eric Lemmon is a graduate electrical engineer formerly employed by The United Launch Alliance, until his retirement in October 2014, as Principal Engineer on the Delta II rocket program at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. In this capacity, he was responsible for the testing, troubleshooting, and maintenance of the facility ground support equipment at Space Launch Complex Two - West. He also managed the design, installation, and programming of the voice VHF and UHF radio systems used at all ULA sites at Vandenberg AFB. A licensed ham for more than 40 years, Mr. Lemmon enjoys building and testing equipment used for radio direction finding and interference abatement. He also is interested in precision GPS mapping, and has charted many rural roads in his role as a USGS volunteer. In his spare time, he also performs volunteer duties for the Lompoc Police Department. Mr. Lemmon is a veteran of nearly 23 years of service in the US Air Force, all of which was in the missile and aerospace electronics field. While on active duty, he accumulated nearly 500 hours flight time in B-52E, B-52H, and KC-135A aircraft. While stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio, he participated in Apollo Project F08 aboard the zero-gravity aircraft popularly known as the Vomit Comet. Prior to his position with ULA, Mr. Lemmon was the Supervisor of the Instrumentation Systems Engineering Group with Lockheed, and also operated a digital recording studio and a consulting business. He is a longtime member of the Satellite Amateur Radio Club, W6AB, and is a Past President. He is the Founder and Historian of The THOR Association, a group of former crew members who supported the maintenance and launching of the THOR Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile at Cape Canaveral, Vandenberg AFB, and Johnston Island. As a member of the Air Force's Program 437 launch crew, he spent a total of 565 days on Johnston Island, and was the Launch Control Officer for the final launch of a THOR rocket from that site, in 1975.  He is a Life Member of the IEEE and of the Power Engineering, Vehicular Technology, and Industry Applications Societies.  He is a longtime member of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors and of the International Congress of Building Officials.  In 2002, he earned his Certification as an Electrical Inspector, and is a frequent lecturer on electrical safety issues.  He owns and maintains six Amateur repeaters on the California Central Coast, covering the 6m, 2m, 220, and 440 bands.

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