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Dr. Jerry M. Linenger 

I felt like the luckiest girl alive.

I know. I get it. You are probably wondering WHY I am blogging about Jerry. So here it goes. I had the pleasure of meeting Jerry on the plane ride from Detroit to Traverse City and he completely FLIPPED my world upside down. Jerry is a US AstronauntDoctor, Triathlete, BEST SELLING author, husband, father, friend and inspirational speaker just to name a few. BUT let me begin by saying that Jerry didn't mention ONE of these things when I met him. 

I was so excited on this plane ride! I was going to meet one of my BEST friends in Traverse City. My energy was positive. No doubt. Jerry and I introduced ourselves and proceeded to fully engage.  I was drinking my glass of red wine- Jerry was SMASHING milk and cookies.. It was extremely refreshing to see someone living in the moment without ANY reservations. 

 Jerry is HUMBLE, kind, intelligent, motivating, and committed to filling his life with endless possibilities. His brain is extremely diverse and he has the ability to change ANY perspective. When I googled Jerry, I was blown away by his education and how much he is doing for others. He is committed to making YOU better and FOR ME, thats HUGE. 

 Are you ready for this? 




 Doctor Of Medicine
Master's Degree in System Management
Master of Public Health
Doctor of Philosophy
CAPTAIN U.S Navy Medical Corps

Information provided by Wikipedia

In completing the nearly five month mission, Linenger logged approximately 50 million miles (the equivalent of over 110 roundtrips to the Moon and back), more than 2000 orbits around the Earth, and traveled at an average speed of 18,000 miles per hour. Because of the flawless launch, docking, undocking, and landing of the Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-84) crew-exchange mission, he made it back to the planet just in time to be reunited with Kathryn and to witness the birth of their second son.

Information provided by NASA

  • PERSONAL DATA: Born January 16, 1955, and raised in Eastpointe, Michigan. Married to the former Kathryn M. Bartmann of Arlington Heights, Illinois. They have four children.
  • EDUCATION: Graduated from East Detroit High School, Eastpointe, Michigan, in 1973; received a bachelor of science degree in bioscience from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1977; a doctorate in medicine from Wayne State University in 1981; a master of science degree in systems management from University of Southern California in 1988; a master of public health degree in health policy from the University of North Carolina in 1989; a doctor of philosophy degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 1989.
  • ORGANIZATIONS: The U.S. Naval Academy, University of Southern California, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and University of North Carolina Alumni Associations; the Association of Naval Aviation; the U. S. Navy Flight Surgeons Association; the Aerospace Medicine Association; the American Medical Association; the American College of Preventive Medicine; the Society of U.S. Navy Preventive Medicine Officers; and the American College of Sports Medicine. Linenger is board certified in preventive medicine.
  • SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy Unit Commendation; National Defense Service Medal; Navy Battle Efficiency Award; Navy Commendation Medal with gold star; and 2 NASA Space Flight Medals. Top graduate, Naval Flight Surgeon Training and Naval Safety Officer's School. Elected to Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor societies. Distinguished Alumni Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine.
  • EXPERIENCE: Linenger graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and proceeded directly to medical school. After completing surgical internship training at Balboa Naval Hospital, San Diego, California, and aerospace medicine training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute, Pensacola, Florida, he served as a naval flight surgeon at Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines. He was then assigned as medical advisor to the Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, San Diego. After completing doctorate-level training in epidemiology, Linenger returned to San Diego as a research principal investigator at the Naval Health Research Center. He concurrently served as a faculty member at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine in the Division of Sports Medicine.
  • NASA EXPERIENCE: Linenger joined astronaut selection Group XIV at the Johnson Space Center in August 1992. He flew on STS-64 (September 9-20, 1994) aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery. Mission highlights included: first use of lasers for environmental research; deployment and retrieval of a solar science satellite; robotic processing of semiconductors; use of an RMS-attached boom for jet thruster research; first untethered spacewalk in 10 years to test a self-rescue jetpack. In completing his first mission, Linenger logged 10 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes in space, completed 177 orbits, and traveled over 4.5 million miles.


HOLD UP!  Jerry LOOKS good.  Going strong at 61, Jerry is still running, biking, swimming, speaking, and dedicating his life to helping others.  Pretty cool right?  His speaking engagements are just a SMALL fraction of what his life represents.  HE CHANGES PERSPECTIVES.


Watch the video above and I promise this Ted talk will engage your thought process. 

Signature Shelley