Born May 2, 1957, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Bachelor of Science degree in ocean engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979. Master of science degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee in 1990. Gorie has accumulated over 6700 hours in more than 35 aircraft and has over 600 carrier landings. A veteran of four space flights, Gorie has logged over 47 days in space. He served as pilot aboard Discovery in 1998 and Endeavour in 2000, and was the crew commander on Endeavour in 2001 and in 2008.