He was born in 1962 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Raised in New York City; Irvington, New York; Medellin, Colombia and Rochester Hills, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1984; received a Master's of Science degree in Engineering Management from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1997. Zamka flew 66 combat missions over occupied Kuwait and Iraq during Desert Storm. Colonel Zamka has logged more than 692 hours in space. This is NASA astronaut George Zamka, STS-130 commander pictured in a window of the newly-installed Cupola of the International Space Station while space shuttle Endeavour remains docked with the station.