(WHTM) — On Thursday, abc27 salutes Lt. Colonel Robert T Hines Jr.

Hines Jr. received his US Air Force commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1999 He also flew missions supporting NATO and was deployed to the Middle East

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Hines Jr. is now a NASA astronaut and will be launching to the ISS on April 20.

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