Suffolk veteran tapped for state space flight authority board

Published 5:36 pm Friday, July 21, 2023

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Suffolk resident and Retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. James “Jim” McArthur Jr. of Suffolk has been appointed to the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority by Gov. Glenn Youngkin. 

As an authority member. McArthur will serve the administration’s goal of growing commercial space activity, aerospace research and economic development while supporting military operations and training within the commonwealth. 

His nomination was recommended by Virginia Space for his experience in space operations.

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McArthur’s work includes 35 years in the U.S. Navy where he flew off aircraft carriers for 25 years. After retiring as vice admiral, he continued to serve the Navy through joint commands, including as Director of Operations at the U.S. Space Command in Colorado Springs. Following retirement, he served as vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Center for Innovation in the northern Suffolk area for eight years. 

McArthur expressed his gratitude to the governor for the nomination and appointment.

“I am proud to represent the Suffolk community on the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority,” McArthur said. “Thank you for all allowing us to make our home here. We love Suffolk.”

McArthur said he is pleased to undertake this role in support of the “commitment and wisdom of the governor and his administration to invest and support Virginia space.” 

He also noted the “critical importance of Virginia Space to the commonwealth and the nation” as well as the “incredible talent of the men and women of Virginia Space.” 

He encouraged local residents to visit Wallops Island for a rocket launch viewing.

“Especially at night,” McArthur said. “Watch from your backyard. It is easy to see.”