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Kent K. Gillingham Award

June 26, 2018

Kent K. Gillingham Award

Lt. Col. Brian Musselman, USAF
   This award was established and sponsored by the AMST Group of Companies in Austria and the United Kingdom to honor the memory of Kent K. Gillingham, M.D., Ph.D. The award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the field of spatial disorientation and situational awareness related to flight.

   Lt. Col. Brian T. Musselman, USAF, was named the 2018 recipient of the Kent K. Gillingham Award. He is being honored for his positive impacts on every aspect of aerospace physiology. A board-certified expert in aerospace physiology Lt. Col. Musselman has led U-2 full pressure suit operations; investigated five Class A mishaps and numerous physiological events; and directed physiology, spatial disorientation, and fatigue research. The Air Combat Command Director of Operations hand selected Brian to assist with the USAF reply to the DoD Inspector General for a fatal F-22A mishap. His aerospace physiology experience was paramount to the team’s analysis, which he eventually briefed to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Brian analyzed U.S. Air Force spatial disorientation accidents, briefing the results at a 711 Human Performance Wing research symposium. His research was instrumental to the procurement of spatial disorientation trainers for aerospace physiology portion of undergraduate flying training and were published in Air Force Pamphlet 11-417, Orientation in Aviation. Brian’s fatigue research statistics were also published in the 2nd Edition of “Fatigue in Aviation” by John and Lynn Caldwell. Brian directly investigated 5 Class A Aviation mishaps and provided aerospace physiology consultation to unexplained physiological events spanning from 2012 to 2017. He led a team to integrate a universal physiological event worksheet into the Air Force Safety Automated System. Brian also provided expertise to five organizational safety assessments providing senior leaders with actionable data to increase aeromedical, life support, and organizational performance. Finally, Brian taught aerospace physiology and crew resource management to the first 10 cadets in the new Iraqi Air Force. Brian has made a positive impact on every aspect of USAF Aerospace Physiology.
   Lt. Col. Musselman is currently the Deputy Chief of the U.S. Air Force Human Factors Safety Division at the U.S. Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, NM. He has also served as an Aircraft Maintenance and Munitions Officer; an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor; an Aerospace Physiology flight commander; a human factors specialist and mishap investigator at the Air Force Safety Center; a Pentagon staff officer; Executive Officer to the USAF Chief of Safety and Executive Secretary for a DOD Task Force; and Air Mobility Command Aerospace Physiology Training Program Manager, and human performance consultant to the Operations Risk Assessment and Management System. He was the 9th Physiological Support Squadron Commander, where he was responsible for specialized support and training for U-2S aviators, the USAF Full Pressure Suit Depot, and mission-specific physiological training for DoD and NASA. In 2007, he served as an advisor to the Iraqi Air Force and established the new Iraqi Air Force Technical Training School. He served as air mobility command aerospace physiologist and high-altitude airdrop mission support (HAAMS) program manager and will lead transition of HAAMS from Little Rock AFB to Charleston AFB as the 628th Medical Group Commander.
   Lt. Col. Musselman earned a B.S. in Biology in 1994 from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and an M.S. in Aerospace Sciences (Aviation Safety) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL, in 2004. He completed Squadron Officers School in 1999 at Maxwell AFB, AL, and Air Command and Staff College in 2006 by correspondence. He earned a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) at Northcentral University, Prescott, AZ, in 2010, and completed Air War College by correspondence in 2012 and in residence in 2016.
   Lt. Col. Musselman’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the USAF Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters; the USAF Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the USAF Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters; the Air Force Recognition Ribbon; the National Defense Service Medal; the Iraq Campaign Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Medal; the Humanitarian Service Medal; and the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal. He has also been a recipient of the Harry G. Mosely Award in 2015, the Aerospace Physiology Society’s Paul Bert Award, and the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Board Professional Excellence Award in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the Aerospace Human Factors Association, a member of the U.S. Air Force Safety Human Factors Fellowship, and AFROTC Commandant of Cadets of the Year.
   In the photo above, Brian Musselman (center), accepts the Gillingham award from AsMA President Martindale (left) and Erich Roedig (right), representing AMST.