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NASA astronaut visits US troops in SW Asia

U.S. Navy Capt. Barry E. Wilmore, a NASA astronaut who spent six months on the International Space Station, visits with U.S. Army force protection soldiers at the Kuwait Navy Base in late July 2016. Wilmore is touring the region as part of the Armed Forces Entertainment American300 Foundation series.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 27, 2016

U.S. Navy Capt. Barry E. “Butch” Wilmore, a NASA astronaut who spent six months aboard the International Space Station, has been visiting with U.S. troops in Southwest Asia to talk about his experiences.

Wilmore’s 10-day tour was sponsored by Armed Forces Entertainment and the nonprofit American300 Foundation. It is part of a resiliency mentor program for servicemembers in remote areas, combat zones or hardship posts, according to American300.

Wilmore, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School who accumulated over 6,800 flight hours and 663 carrier landings, served as a flight engineer on the International Space Station from September to November 2014. He then assumed command of the station with the arrival of the next crew. He returned to earth in March 2015, according to the NASA website.

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U.S. Navy Capt. Barry E. Wilmore, a NASA astronaut who spent six months aboard the International Space Station, talks with servicemembers in the motor pool at a U.S. military base in Southwest Asia in late July 2016. Wilmore is spending 10 days visiting troops in the region as part of the Armed Forces Entertainment American300 Foundation series.
PHOTO COURTESY AMERICAN300

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