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Former operations officer takes command of 22nd SOPS

Col. Mitchel Butikofer, 50th Network Operations Group commander, hands the 22nd Space Operations Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Eric Dorminey during the 22nd SOPS change of command ceremony Aug. 5. Colonel Dorminey assumed command of the squadron from Lt. Col. Steven Staats.

Col. Mitchel Butikofer, 50th Network Operations Group commander, hands the 22nd Space Operations Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Eric Dorminey during the 22nd SOPS change of command ceremony Aug. 5. Colonel Dorminey assumed command of the squadron from Lt. Col. Steven Staats.

By 50th Space Wing

Public Affairs

Lt. Col. Eric Dorminey became commander of the 22nd Space Operations Squadron in a change of command ceremony in front of the DeKok building Aug. 5.

Colonel Dorminey, previously the squadron’s operations officer, assumed command from Lt. Col. Steven Staats.

As commander of 22nd SOPS, Colonel Dorminey will be responsible for operational direction of the Air Force Satellite Control Network of eight worldwide remote tracking stations. Colonel Dorminey leads a team of more than 290 military, civilian and contractor members providing scheduling, launch support, orbital analysis, telemetry, tracking, commanding, communications, mission data dissemination and emergency recovery support for more than 140 Department of Defense, national agency, civilian and allied spacecraft.

Colonel Dorminey graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1990. He is a master space operator with qualifications in Missile Warning, Space Surveillance and Satellite Command and Control Systems. In addition to his many space operations and staff assignments, Colonel Dorminey has served in a variety of deployed locations including Iraq, Afghanistan and in support of the Marines in Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines.

His decorations include four Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals and an Air Force Achievement Medal.

In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Colonel Dorminey holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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