John P. Hornung
John was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his BS in Physics from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 1963, and was a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma Honorary Physics Fraternity. John obtained a Masters of Public Administration from The American University in Washington, DC.
On graduation from college, John was employed by a private firm at NASA’s Michoud Rocket Plant in New Orleans. The company constructed the first stage of the Apollo Saturn IB Space Launch Vehicle. As a Reliability Engineer, John worked with an organization that was the first to develop the mathematics and techniques of Artificial Intelligence. This technology was applied to deciphering the weak points in the Apollo Saturn IB rocket's design. In 1966, John was employed by a research firm which conducted military war games and advanced research for the U.S. Army Combat Development Command. He spent a short period in VietNam as a consultant to U.S. Army Headquarters at Long Bin. In 1971, John was hired by Headquarters, United States Post Office Department, Washington, DC. There, he led research and development programs and rose to Deputy Director, Office of Statistical Programs and Standards. In 1978, he took a position with Headquarters, U.S. Customs Service, Department of The Treasury. In 1993, while Director of the Agency’s Computer and Telecommunications Security Program, John received the Department of the Treasury's National Telecommunications and Information Systems Security Award, in recognition of his Program’s outstanding contributions.
John lives in Williamsburg, Virginia and is a member of the Virginia Writers Club.
Entering the Race to the Moon - Autobiography of an Apollo Rocket Scientist
by John P. Hornung
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This is the autobiography of a rocket scientist during the early years of NASA’s Apollo Mission to the moon. This writing describes four chapters of his life. Three were significant in U.S. history; early school integration in the deep south, a period of brutality in the Marine Corps, and the race to land a man on the moon. A fourth chapter includes short stories of his Sea Scout adventures.