Gary DahlkeAfter graduation from high school, Gary Dahlke joined the U. S. Air Force where he maintained ballistic missiles. After leaving the Air Force, he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989.
After college, Dahlke was hired by Martin Marietta Astronautics Groupto to perform payload integration activities on the Titan IV launch vehicle in Denver, Colorado.
In 1992, he was hired by United Technologies to work on the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) program at the Kennedy Space Center. While working in the SRB
program he completed his graduate studies at Embry Riddle and was awarded a Masters of Aeronautical Science degree in 2000.
Dahlke then worked for two years at the Johnson Space Center in Houston supporting flight crew training.
Dahlke is currently employed at the Kennedy Space Center where he performs orbiter thermal protection systems engineering for the Space Shuttle.
Dahlke is a rocketry hobbyist who regularly flies large rockets at the monthly Northeast Florida Association of Rocketry launches.