Lieutenant General David D. Thompson
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Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson is Vice Commander, Headquarters United States Space Force. He is responsible to the Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force in carrying out space missions and integrating space policy, guidance, coordination and synchronization of space-related activities and issue resolution for the Department of the Air Force.
U.S. Space Force organizes, trains, equips and maintains mission-ready space forces and provides missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing and communications for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command, U.S. Space Command and the other functional and geographic combatant commands.
Lt. Gen. Thompson was commissioned in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a career space officer with assignments in operations, research and development, acquisition and academia. He has commanded operational space units at the squadron, group and wing levels. The general is also an Olmsted Scholar, graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and a Level III-Certified Program Manager. Prior to his assignment as Vice Commander, U.S. Space Force, Lt. Gen. Thompson was the Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command.
1985 Bachelor of Science, Astronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1989 Master of Science, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
1990 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1998 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Advanced Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2001 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by seminar
2005 Master of Science, National Security Industrial Policy, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Command Space Wings
Master Acquisition Badge
Missile Maintenance Badge