Lt. Colonel Timothy Golike

United States Marine Corps, LETU Class of 1975

Timothy Golike joined the Marine Corps through the PLC(A) program while attending LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas, where he was president of the student council and listed among "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.” He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps during November 1975 after graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology with the aviation option. Lieutenant Golike then attended the Marine Corps Basic School in Quantico, Va., where he was Company Delta 76's Academic and Military Skills Honorman. Proceeding to flight school at NAS Pensacola, Fla., he received training in VT-5 and VT-26 before earning his Naval Aviator's wings in August 1977 while attached to VT-25 at NAS Chase in Beeville, Texas.

After transitioning to the A-6E Intruder strike aircraft, Lieutenant Golike joined VMA(AW)-332 at MCAS Cherry Point, N.C., in June 1980. He served as Basic Training Officer, and was the squadron's Assistant S-4 Officer during their WestPac deployment from May 1979 through June 1980. Lieutenant Golike served as NATOPS Officer and Weapons and Tactics Instructor after their return to MCAS Cherry Point.

In June 1981, Captain Golike was transferred to the Naval Air Training Command where he served as an Advanced Jet Flight Instructor with VT-24 at NAS Chase in Beeville, Texas. In 1982, he was selected to attend the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, Calif. When Class 83-A completed training in December 1983, Captain Golike was a distinguished graduate and received the Liethen-Tittle Award, given to the outstanding graduate of each class. For the next three years, Captain Golike served as a Test Pilot and Project Officer in the Flight Test Division of the Pacific Missile Test Center, NAS Point Mugu, Calif. In 1985, Captain Golike was selected to represent the Marine Corps in NASA's final selections for the Space Shuttle Astronaut Program. During this time he transitioned to the F/A-18.

In January 1987, Major Golike joined Marine Aircraft Group Eleven at MCAS El Toro, Calif., where he served as the group's Assistant Operations Officer. In January 1988 he transferred to VMFA-323, where he served as the squadron Admin Officer until May 1989. In June 1989, he became the Operations Officer and served in that capacity during the squadron's extended WestPac deployment from April 1990 to February 1991. In May 1991, he transferred to the Naval Air Systems Command, where he served as Deputy for Test and Evaluation for the F/A-18 Program and became a designated Acquisition Professional for the Marine Corps.

Lt. Colonel Golike completed his 20-year USMC career in 1996 while assigned as the Senior Marine in the Strike Flight Test Squadron at NAS Patuxent River, Md. He was hired by United Airlines as a Flight Officer in April 1996. During the past 12 years, he has flown the Boeing 737, Airbus A320, Boeing 777 and is currently a Boeing 767 First Officer based in Washington, D.C.

Tim is a Certified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, an Airline Transport Pilot and an Associate Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He has more than 13,000 flight hours in 29 types of aircraft. He is married to the former Sue E. McInnis of Mobile, Ala. They currently reside in Fredericksburg, Va. Their two grown sons, Robert and Michael, are both Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.