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Colonel Kris E. Barcomb

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As the Space Launch Delta 30 Vice Commander at Vandenberg SFB, CA, Colonel Kris E. Barcomb is responsible for over 500 military, civilian and contractors supporting all aspects of spacelift operations, and missile and aeronautical testing on the Western Range. He is a graduated group and squadron commander with tours overseeing the 30th Operations Group and the 1st Air and Space Test Squadron. Throughout his career he has has held a range of positions across the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community spanning spacelift, cyberspace planning and operations, satellite systems operations, acquisition, and research and development.

Colonel Barcomb received his commission as a Distinguished Graduate through the Reserve Officers Training Corps upon his graduation from Clarkson University in 1999 with a degree in Computer Engineering. He is also an alumnus of the University of La Verne, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies and the Secretary of Defense Executive Fellowship Program.
 

EDUCATION:

1999 Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
2002 Master of Business Administration with IT Concentration, University of La Verne, La Verne, CA
2004 Master of Science, Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2010 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2011 Master of Science, Cyber Warfare, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
2012 Master of Philosophy, Military Strategy, School of Adv. Air & Space Studies, Maxwell AFB AL
2014 Air War College, Correspondence
2016 Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Ft Belvoir, VA
2018 Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow, General Dynamics Mission Systems, San Jose, CA
 

ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Jul 99 - Dec 99, Student, Undergraduate Space & Missile Training, Vandenberg AFB, CA
2. Dec 99 - Aug 02, Atlas/Titan Launch Controller, 2d Space Launch Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA
3. Aug 02 - Sep 04, Student, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
4. Jan 04 - Sep 04, Engineering with Industry, Kodak-Commercial & Govt Systems, Rochester, NY
5. Sep 04 - Oct 05, Product Quality Engineering Team Lead, Washington, DC
6. Oct 05 - Jul 07, Flight Commander, Quality Engineering, Washington, DC
7. Jul 07 - Sep 08, Executive Officer, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA
8. Sep 08 - Jun 10, Chief, Ground Sys Office, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA
9. Jun 10 - Jul 11, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
10. Jul 11 - Jul 12, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, AL
11. Jul 12 - Jun 14, Chief, Cyberspace Strategy, 24th Air Force, Lackland AFB, TX
12. Jun 14 - Jul 16, Commander, 1st Air and Space Test Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, CA
13. Jul 16 - Aug 17, Deputy Commander, 30th Launch Group, Vandenberg AFB, CA
14. Aug 17 - Jun 18, SecDef Executive Fellow, General Dynamics Mission Systems, San Jose, CA
15. Jun 18 - Jan 19, Chief, Engineering & Integration Div, Remote Sensing Directorate, LA AFB, CA
16. Jan 19 - May 21, Commander, 30th Operations Group, Vandenberg AFB, CA
17. May 21 - Present, Vice Commander, Space Launch Delta 30, Vandenberg SFB, CA
 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster
National Reconnaissance Office’s Superior Service Medal
 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS:

1999 Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps 
2006 Squadron Top Graduate, Squadron Officer School 
2006 Directorate Company Grade Officer of the Year 
2008 National Reconnaissance Office Director’s Circle Award 
2009 Directorate Field Grade Officer of the Year 
2011 National Reconnaissance Office Silver Medal 
2011 Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Institute of Technology 
2013 24th Air Force Staff Field Grade Officer of the Year
 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS:

APDP Program Management Level III, Test and Evaluation Level III, Engineering Level II 
Space Professional Development Program, Level III 
Cyberspace Professional Development Program, Level I
 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:

Second Lieutenant - June 14, 1999 
First Lieutenant - June 14, 2001 
Captain - June 14, 2004 
Major - 1 April, 2009 
Lieutenant Colonel - 1 Oct, 2014 
Colonel - 1 Mar, 2019

(Current as of 20 May 2021)