Commander, Air Force Space Command
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
As Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, General Kevin P. Chilton is responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of the Air Force's space and missile systems. The General oversees a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensures the combat readiness of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. He leads more than 39,700 space professionals who provide combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command.
General Chilton is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 1976. A Guggenheim Fellow, he completed a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering at Columbia University. He flew operational assignments in the RF-4C and F-15 and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. General Chilton conducted weapons testing in various models of the F-4 and F-15 prior to joining the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1987. At NASA he flew on three space shuttle missions and served as the deputy program manager for operations for the International Space Station Program. General Chilton has served on the Air Force Space Command Staff, the Joint Staff, the Air Staff, and commanded the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. Prior to assuming his current position, he was commander, 8th Air Force, and Joint Functional Component Commander for Space and Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command.
General Chilton's service has earned him numerous Distinguished Service medals including the Defense Superior Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, NASA Space Flight Medal with two oak leaf clusters, NASA Exceptional Service Medal and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal.