Senate Candidate Jay Buckey at Air Force Week

US Senate Candidate Dr. Jay Buckey, former astronaut and Major in the Air Force Reserve, will join thousands of New Hampshire residents in celebrating Air Force Week, a week-long celebration of the United States Air Force. New England is one of six regions in the nation chosen to host the annual event.

“We have the best Air Force in the world,” says Buckey, “No other country can match our ability to respond rapidly, worldwide to threats we may face.”

Dr. Buckey attended the Governor's Proclamation at the Statehouse in Concord on Friday, August 17 at 9 AM, which kicks off the week's events. On Saturday, August 18 at 10 AM, Dr. Buckey, who also holds a private pilot's license, will deliver remarks about his aviation experiences at Lebanon Airport's “Airport Awareness Day,” which will include aircraft displays and military flyovers. The former astronaut will also deliver opening remarks for Air Force Week's “Science Day” on Tuesday, August 21 at 10am, at the Christa McAuliffe Planetarium.

“My time in the Air Force Reserve brought home to me the importance of our tradition of citizen soldiers. We all had civilian jobs, but were ready to respond when needed. I'm glad Air Force week is highlighting the importance of our New Hampshire Air Guard for both national defense and emergency response.” Says Buckey. Dr. Buckey served as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force Reserve from 1987 to 1995.

Biographical Information

Jay Buckey, 51, earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MD from Cornell University. He flew as a Payload Specialist Astronaut for the Space Shuttle Columbia in April 1998. He also served as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for eight years. Currently, he’s a professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and an adjunct professor of engineering at Dartmouth’s Thayer School. He and his wife Sarah have three children and live in Hanover, NH. For more information, see