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HQ Air Force Space Command Commander to retire

General Lance W. Lord, Commander, Air Force Space Command

General Lance W. Lord, Commander, Air Force Space Command

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Headquarters Air Force Space Command Commander, General Lance W. Lord will retire April 1, 2006. General Lord has been the AFSPC Commander since April 2002, and is currently the longest serving Air Force four-star general officer on active duty. 

A successor has not yet been named. Information pertaining to a change of command date and ceremony will be forthcoming.

General Lord’s 37-year Air Force career started in the missile and space arena during the Johnson administration. His assignments as Minuteman II combat crewmember and missile operations staff officer and several missile and space wing command positions extensively prepared him for his duties as commander of AFSPC. General Lord currently leads more than 39,700 space professionals who provide combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command. He also oversees a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensures the combat readiness of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile force.

Throughout his tenure as commander of AFSPC, General Lord has led endeavors to expand on the command’s support to the warfighter, increase space situation awareness, build a credentialed space professional community, as well as educate the public on the importance of space. His latest endeavor is bringing space to the classroom highlighting to America’s youth the importance of math, science and technology to the nation’s security and prosperity.

General Lord’s biography can be viewed at http://www.af.mil/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6232.