Lance W. Lord
As Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command, Lord was responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of the service's space and missile systems. He managed a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities.
He led more than 39,700 space professionals who provided combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command. Lord entered the Air Force in 1969 as a graduate of the Otterbein College ROTC program. He completed a series of air staff and DOD-level assignments in strategic missiles after serving four years of Minuteman II ICBM alert duty.
He directed the Ground-Launched Cruise Missile Program Management Office in Europe. He was a Military Assistant to the Director of Net Assessment with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and represented the Air Force as a research associate in international security affairs at Ohio State University.
He commanded ICBM wings in Wyoming and North Dakota. In California he commanded a space wing responsible for satellite launch and ballistic missile test launch operations. He served as Director of Plans and as Vice Commander for Headquarters Air Force Space Command. He retired from the Air Force as a general.