Shuttle widow to wed Army general

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. -- June Scobee, widow of the space shuttle Challenger's commander, will marry Lt. Gen. Don Rodgers, commander of the Army Information Systems Command, it was announced Thursday.

Scobee, 46, and Rodgers, 54, will wed June 3 at Fort Myer, Va., said Scott Saunders, an Army spokesman at Fort Huachuca.


The couple met last year at the Easter sunrise service at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington and became engaged during the Christmas holidays, Saunders said.

They plan to make their home in the general's quarters at Fort Huachuca, an Army post in southern Arizona.

Scobee is the widow of Francis 'Dick' Scobee, commander of the Challenger which exploded Jan. 28, 1986, 73 seconds after liftoff from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

After the disaster, she served as spokeswoman for families of the seven crew members who were killed and led efforts to create the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, dedicated to continuing the mission of the Challenger crew.

Scobee, who now lives in Washington, is chairman of the board of the Challenger Center.

She and Rodgers 'share several common interests including technological educational programs for children and music and sports,' Saunders said.


Rodgers, a native of Cookeville, Tenn., graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 1957. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and has been a three-star general since June 1986. He became commander of the Army Information Systems Command in June 1988.

Scobee has two children, Kathie Krause, 27, of College Station, Texas, and Air Force Lt. Richard Scobee, 24, who is stationed in Germany.

Rodgers, a widower, has one son, Eric, who lives in Dallas.

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