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First Name: Lance

Last Name: Lord

Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: W.

Date of Birth: 12 July 1946

Rank: General

Years Served: 1969-2006
Lance W. Lord


Lance W. Lord

General, U.S. Air Force

Lance W. Lord was born on 12 July 1946 Philadelphia, PA.

Lord entered the U.S. Air Force in 1969 as a graduate of the Otterbein College AFROTC program. He completed a series of Air Staff and joint duty 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 in 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 two 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. Lord led Air Force education and training as Commandant of Squadron Officer School, Commander of 2nd Air Force, Commander of Air University and Director of Education for Air Education and Training Command. He has also served as Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.

On 19 April 2002, Lord was promoted to the four-star rank of General and named Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO.

General Lord retired from the Air Force on 1 April 2006.


January 1969 - February 1969, student, ICBM operational readiness training, Chanute AFB, IL.

February 1969 - May 1969, student, combat crew missile training, Vandenberg AFB, CA.

May 1969 - June 1973, Minuteman II combat crewmember, 321st Strategic Missile Wing, Grand Forks AFB, ND.

June 1973 - September 1975, Minuteman II evaluation member, 3901st Strategic Missile Evaluation Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA.

September 1975 - August 1976, Missile Operations Staff Officer, Air Staff Training Program, Directorate of Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC.

August 1976 - July 1978, Missile Operations Staff Officer, Strategic Division, Directorate of Operations and Readiness, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington.

July 1978 - July 1979, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.

July 1979 - July 1982, Military Assistant to the Director for Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington.

July 1982 - July 1983, Air Force Research Associate, Program of International Security and Military Affairs, Ohio State University, Columbus.

July 1983 - August 1984, Commander, 10th Strategic Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, MT.

August 1984 - June 1985, Deputy Commander, 341st Combat Support Group, Malmstrom AFB, MT.

July 1985 - July 1987, Director, Ground-Launched Cruise Missile Program Management Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, West Germany.

July 1987 - June 1988, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL.

June 1988 - February 1989, Vice Commander, 351st Strategic Missile Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO.

February 1989 - May 1990, Commander, 321st Strategic Missile Wing, Grand Forks AFB, ND.

June 1990 - August 1992, Commandant, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL.

August 1992 - August 1993, Commander, 90th Missile Wing, Francis E. Warren AFB, WY.

August 1993 - August 1995, Commander, 30th Space Wing and Western Range, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.

August 1995 - August 1996, Director of Plans, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO.

August 1996 - August 1997, Commander, 2nd Air Force, Keesler AFB, MS.

August 1997 - June 1999, Vice Commander, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO.

June 1999 - May 2001, Commander, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL.

May 2001 - April 2002, Assistant Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, DC.

April 2002 - April 2006, Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO.

Operational Information

Space Professional Level III, Command Space Badge

Space Experience: Nuclear operations, spacelift

Weapon Systems:

ICBM: Minuteman II, Minuteman III, LGM-118A Peacekeeper

Booster: Atlas E, Delta II, Titan II, Titan IV

Promotion Dates

Second Lieutenant - 4 December 1968

First Lieutenant - 28 July 1970

Captain - 28 January 1972

Major - 1 September 1978

Lieutenant Colonel - 1 December 1982

Colonel - 1 December 1985

Brigadier General - 1 September 1992

Major General - 14 March 1996

Lieutenant General - 1 September 1997

General - 19 April 2002

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Medal (2 Awards)
Legion of Merit (3 Awards)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards)
Air Force Commendation Medal with (2 Awards)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2 Awards)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (4 Awards)
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
Humanitarian Service Medal


Space Professional Level III, Command Space Badge


1988 Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL

1999 Gen. Thomas D. White Space Trophy, Air Force Association

2003 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Fellow Award, Air Force Association, Northern Utah Chapter

2003 Distinguished Achievement Award, Air Force Association, Tennessee Ernie Ford Chapter

2004 Gen. James V. Hartinger Award, National Defense Industrial Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter

2004 Gen. Jimmy Doolittle Fellow Award, Air Force Association, Iron Gate Chapter

2004 Gen. Bernard A. Schriever Award, Air Force Association, Los Angeles Chapter

2005 Space Champion Award, National Defense Industrial Association

2006 Induction into Order of the Sword, Air Force Space Command

Honoree ID: 774   Created by: MHOH




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