Colonel CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY

Colonel Christopher Kennedy is commander of Space Delta 6, headquartered at Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado. As commander, he is responsible for six squadrons and eight detachments/operating locations, across 13 geographically-separated locations, comprised of more than 1,000 active duty military, Department of Defense civilian and contractor personnel enabling command and control operations for 11 Combatant Commands.

DEL 6 provides combat ready forces to operate and maintain the $11.2 billion Satellite Control Network and conduct defensive cyber operations for unique space mission networks. Provide global space access to enable spacecraft command and control, space launch, and orbital operations. Conduct passive and active DCO to enable the national space enterprise. Provide cross-cutting capabilities to Space Deltas. Operations are agile, intelligence-led, cyber-resilient, and driven by innovation, while postured to succeed in a Contested, Degraded, and Operationally-Limited environment.

Col. Kennedy earned his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Tulane University and entered the Air Force in May of 2001. He completed Basic Communications Officer Training in February of 2002.

Col. Kennedy’s most significant assignments enabled him to understand operations in multiple domains. He gained cyberspace experience while assigned to the National Security Agency from the Air Force Information Warfare Center.  He was selected for a career broadening tour as an Air Operations Officer assigned to the Presidential Airlift Squadron. Colonel Kennedy deployed throughout the Middle East with United States Central Command and U.S. Forces-Iraq. He emplaced the initial cyberspace defense personnel on the Space Based Infrared System, then gained invaluable Space Operations experience as the Deputy Commander of the 460th Operations Group.

 

EDUCATION

2001 Bachelor of Science, Management, Tulane University, La.
2001 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Basic Communications Officer Training, Keesler AFB, Miss.
2005 Master of Science-Information & Telecommunications Systems, Johns Hopkins University, Md.
2006 Squadron Officer School (Residence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, R.I.
2015 Air War College (Correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2018 Master of Arts, Government Information Leadership, College of Information & Cyberspace, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. June 2001 - August 2002, Officer in Charge of Information Management, 17th Communications Squadron, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow, AFB, Tx.
  2. August 2002 - October 2004, Network Exploitation Analyst, Det 1, 23rd Information Operations Squadron, Air Force Information Warfare Center, Ft. Meade, Md.
  3. October 2004 - August 2007, Mission Director, Presidential Airlift Squadron, 89th Airlift Wing, Andrews AFB, Md.
  4. August 2007 - June 2008, Assistant Secretary of the Joint Staff, USCENTCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  5. July 2008 - April 2010, OIC of the Deputy Commander’s Communications Team, J6, USCENTCOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
  6. April 2010 - September 2010, OIC Commanding General’s Communications Team, United States Forces-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
  7. September 2010 - March 2011, OIC of Engineering, J6 Plans and Programs, United States Forces-Iraq, Baghdad, Iraq
  8. May 2011 - June 2013, Director of Operations, 60th Communications Squadron, 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, Calif.
  9. July 2013 - June 2014, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, R.I.
  10. July 2014 – August 2016, Commander, 460th Space Communications Squadron, 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo.
  11. September 2016 – June 2017 Deputy Commander, 460th Operations Group, 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo.
  12. July 2017 - June 2018, Student, College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
  13. July 2018 – July 2020, Future Operations Branch Chief, J6 Cyberspace Operations Division, North American Air Defense & United States Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
  14. August 2020 – August 2021, Director, Joint Cyber Center, J3, USSPACECOM, Peterson SFB, Colo.
  15. September 2021 – September 2022, Assistant Deputy J3 - Operations, USSPACECOM, Schriever SFB, Colo.
  16. September 2022 – Present, Commander, Space Delta 6, Schriever SFB, Colo.

 

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS

  1. July 2018 – July 2020, Future Operations Branch Chief, J6 Cyberspace Operations Division, North American Air Defense & United States Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colo., as a lieutenant colonel
  2. August 2020 – August 2021, Director, Joint Cyber Center, J3, USSPACECOM, Peterson SFB, Colo., as a colonel
  3. September 2021 – September 2022, Assistant Deputy J3 - Operations, USSPACECOM, Schriever SFB, Colo., as a colonel

 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster

 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

2003 Countering Foreign Denial and Deception Team Award, Central Intelligence Agency (while assigned to NSA)
2006 Outstanding Junior Officer of the Year, White House Military Office

 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION

Second Lieutenant May 19, 2001
First Lieutenant June 1, 2003
Captain June 1, 2005
Major July 1, 2011
Lieutenant Colonel February 1, 2015
Colonel Feb 1, 2021
 

Current as of AUGUST 2022