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MR. JEFFREY L. CARSON

Mr. Jeffrey L. Carson is Chief, Weather Operations Branch, Global Space Operations Division, Directorate of Air, Space and Information Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, CO. He is the functional area manager for the weather career field in AFSPC and is responsible for weather guidance and policy in the command.

Mr. Carson retired from the Air Force in September 2002 in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel following a 20 year career as a weather officer. He was commissioned in May 1982 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. He served initially as an Officer-in-Charge of the Cadre Weather Team providing weather support to the Army's 7th Infantry Division at Fort Ord, California. His next tour was as a staff weather officer supporting the National Command Authorities, White House, Air Force Operations Center, and Army Operations Center at the Pentagon. After completing a Master of Science degree in Meteorology at the Naval Postgraduate School, he served as an Environmental Assessment Team Chief, Training Officer, and Operations Officer providing support to the 776th Radar Squadron and the East Coast Over-the-Horizon Radar System at Bangor Air National Guard Base, Maine. He was next assigned as staff officer at Headquarters Air Weather Service where he directed technology development and transition for the new Air Force Forecast Center and provided space environmental support in the headquarters' Special Projects Branch. In June 1994, he became the commander of the Learmonth Solar Observatory in Learmonth, Australia, the most remote observatory in the Air Force's Solar Observing Electro-Optical Network. Upon returning from overseas, Mr. Carson was assigned to Headquarters United States Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where he headed the branch providing both terrestrial and space environmental support to the nation's space warfighters. Remaining at Peterson AFB, Colonel Carson served as the Chief, Future Space-Based Sensing Branch, Force Enhancement Division, Requirements Directorate, Headquarters Air Force Space Command. In this position, he oversaw the command's management of a functionally diverse set of systems including 17 programs for space environment and future space sensor technologies, to include space-based radar and hyperspectral imaging which represent potential fundamental improvements in providing theater and battlefield situational awareness. In his last assignment in the Air Force, Mr. Carson served as the commander of the 55th Space Weather Squadron, Air Force Weather Agency, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Department of Defense's only space environment operations squadron, as well as the worldwide Solar Electro-Optical Observing Network.

Following his retirement from active duty, Mr. Carson worked as a Department of Defense contractor for TRW and Northrop Grumman Mission Systems where he served as a Systems Engineer and Program Manager for the Air Weather Agency's Space Weather Analysis and Forecast System (SWAFS) contract.

EDUCATION
1982 Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University
1988 Master of Science in Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School
1988 Squadron Officers School (In-Residence)
1997 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
1999 Master of Arts in Space Systems Management, Webster University

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1982 - July 1984, Forecaster and Officer-in-Charge of the Cadre Weather Team, Detachment 7, 5th Weather Squadron, Fort Ord, Calif.
2. August 1984 - July 1986, Weather Officer, Detachment 2, Headquarters Air Weather Service, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
3. August 1986 - April 1988, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.
4. April 1988 - June 1991, Environmental Assessment Team Chief, Training Officer and Operations Officer Detachment 1, 5th Weather Wing, Bangor Air National Guard Base, Maine.
5. June 1991 - June 1994, Manager of Space Environmental Programs/Space Environment Support (Special Projects) Headquarters Air Weather Service, Scott AFB, Ill.
6. June 1994 - July 1996, Commander, Detachment 9, Air Force Space Forecast Center / Commander Detachment 1, 50th Weather Squadron, Learmonth, Australia
7. July 1996 - June 1998, Chief, Weather and Space Environment Branch, Headquarters United States Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
8. July 1998 - May 1999, Chief, Space Environment Sensing Requirements Section, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
9. May 1999 - September 1999, Chief, Future Space-Based Sensing Branch, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. October 1999 - August 2002, Commander, 55th Space Weather Squadron, Schriever AFB Colo.
11. August 2002 - March 2006, Systems Engineer / Program Manager, TRW/Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, Colorado Springs Colo.
12. March 2006 - current, Chief, Weather Operations Branch, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB Colo.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Distinguished Graduate, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal