Kayla Jane Sax
September 19, 1987
Pocatello, Idaho, U.S.
|Alma mater||United States Naval Academy (BS)|
Peterhouse, Cambridge (MPhil)
|Rank||Lieutenant Commander, USN|
Time in space
|Selection||NASA Group 22|
Kayla Barron was born on September 19, 1987 in Pocatello, Idaho to Lauri and Scott Sax. Her family moved to Richland, Washington, where she graduated from Richland High School in 2006. After high school, Barron attended the United States Naval Academy, where she graduated in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in systems engineering.
While at the Naval Academy, Barron was a member of the Midshipmen cross country and track teams. Following her graduation, Barron attended Peterhouse, Cambridge on a Gates Cambridge Scholarship where she earned a master's degree in nuclear engineering.
After obtaining a master's degree, Barron was part of the first group of women to become submarine warfare officers. She attended the Navy's nuclear power and submarine officer training program, and was assigned to the Ohio-class submarine USS Maine. While serving on the USS Maine, Barron completed three patrols as a division officer. Following her submarine assignment, Barron was Flag Aide to the Superintendent at the Naval Academy until her selection as an astronaut.
Barron was a Trident Scholar and Distinguished Graduate at the Naval Academy, and a Gates Cambridge Scholar at Cambridge.
|Submarine Warfare Insignia (Dolphins) |
|Navy Commendation Medal|
|Navy Achievement Medal|
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