Andrew (Andy) Turnage has served as the Executive Director of the Association of Space Explorers – USA (ASE–USA) since May, 1995. As the Executive Director, Andy is responsible for the direction, development and operations of the U.S. chapter of the international Association of Space Explorers (ASE). He also supports the international Executive Committee of the ASE and is responsible for the worldwide operations of the organization.
Turnage received his Bachelor’s degree in 1988 from the University of California at San Diego. Following an immersive language program at the Moscow Energy Institute in Moscow, Russia, he received his Master’s degree in Russian and East European Studies from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Turnage is fluent in Russian.
Prior to joining ASE, Turnage served as head coach for the Division I men’s water polo team and founded the now-varsity women’s program at the George Washington University. While at GWU, he also served as an assistant coach in the US Water Polo Men’s National B Team Program, and in 1995 as the assistant coach for the men’s World University Games team and head coach of the Olympic Festival East Team. Turnage has also worked as a backcountry guide, leading climbing and trekking expeditions in Russia and Central Asia for Recreational Equipment, Incorporated (REI).
At the XXII Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, Turnage was awarded the Yuri A. Gagarin medal by the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics for his longtime service to the ASE.
Turnage is an instrument-rated pilot and also enjoys mountaineering, backpacking, scuba diving, water polo, swimming and playing guitar.