President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate nine individuals, including Captain Chelsey "Sully" Sullenberger, as ambassadors to represent the United States.
Sullenberger is nominated for the rank of Ambassador during his tenure of service as Representative of the United States of America on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
"I'm honored to be nominated by President Biden to represent the United States at ICAO," Sullenberger said in a Facebook post. "Should I be confirmed for this important role, I will look forward to working together with the ICAO members to ensure the highest levels of safety in air transportation, which has been my priority throughout my career."
C. B. "Sully" Sullenberger, III is a former United States Air Force fighter pilot, retired airline pilot, safety expert and keynote speaker. In 2009, as captain of US Airways flight 1549, he and his crew guided their aircraft to a successful emergency landing after a bird strike on the Hudson River with no fatalities.
As an Air Line Pilots Association accident investigation committee member, he participated in a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation of a major airline accident, leading to improve airline procedures and training for emergency evacuation. He has also served as a NASA aviation safety research consultant.
Sullenberger has a B.S. from the United States Air Force Academy, an M.S. from Purdue University and an M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado.