By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Lt. Col. Lorenzo Bradley became commander of the 1st Space Operations Squadron in a change of command ceremony here July 16.
Colonel Bradley succeeded Lt. Col. Erik Eliasen as commander of the squadron.
As commander of 1st SOPS, Colonel Bradley will oversee all operations and maintenance for the Multi-Mission Space Operations Center, providing consolidated on-orbit spacecraft operations for the Operational Responsive Space Office and other Research and Development satellites with military utility transferred to operations. He will also oversee the squadron’s operation of the Space Based Space Surveillance system in October 2009.
Colonel Bradley received his commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1994. Following graduation, he attended the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, serving first as an Aircraft Battle Damage Repair Project Engineer, and then as Deputy Chief for Technology for the Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle Program.
Colonel Bradley cross-trained into the space and missile operations career field attending Undergraduate Space and Missile Training at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., in 1999.
Prior to assuming command of 1st SOPS, Colonel Bradley was Chief of the Space, Cyberspace and Informations Operations Branch, USSTRATCOM, Offut AFB, Neb.
His decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, an Air Force Commendation Medal and two Air Force Achievement medals.
Colonel Bradley holds both a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science, and a Master of Airpower Art and Science.