Maj. Gen. Thomas F. Deppe is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He assists the Commander in the development, acquisition and operation of the Air Forces space and missile systems. The command oversees a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensures the combat readiness of America's intercontinental ballistic missile force. The command comprises more than 39,700 space professionals who provide combat forces and capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command. General Deppe also directs and coordinates the activities of the headquarters staff.
General Deppe was commissioned in 1977 through Officer Training School. He has commanded a ground-launched cruise missile flight in NATO and a Minuteman II maintenance squadron in Air Combat Command. He also commanded a Minuteman III missile wing, an ICBM logistics group and was vice commander of a space launch wing in Air Force Space Command. The general has also served as Deputy Director for Operations at the National Military Command Center. He was Director, Logistics and Communications, Chief Information Officer and Chief Sustainment Officer, Headquarters Air Force Space Command. He is a master missileer in both operations and maintenance. Prior to assuming his current position, General Deppe was Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic Command.
1973 Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School, Barksdale AFB, La.
1977 Bachelor of Arts degree in management, Tarkio College (St. Louis, Mo., campus)
1980 Master of Science degree in systems management, University of Southern California (Malmstrom AFB, Mont., campus)
1981 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1986 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1988 Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
1994 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. July 1967 - September 1967, basic trainee, Basic Military Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. September 1967 - May 1968, student, Missile Instrumentation Electronics Technical School, Lowry AFB, Colo.
3. May 1968 - November 1971, instrumentation technician, Air Force Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, Edwards AFB, Calif.
4. November 1971 - March 1974, team chief, Non-Tactical Instrumentation Branch, Barksdale AFB, La.
5. March 1974 - July 1975, Air Force recruiter, Springfield, Ill.
6. July 1975 - June 1976, counselor, Armed Forces Examining and Enlistment Station, St. Louis, Mo.
7. June 1976 - August 1977, Air Force recruiter, Florissant, Mo.
8. August 1977 - November 1977, student, Officer Training School, Lackland AFB, Texas
9. November 1977 - May 1982, combat targeting team chief, officer in charge, Team Training and Wing Job Control Branches, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
10. May 1982 - October 1986, Chief, ICBM Deployment Section, Directorate of ICBM Requirements, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
11. October 1986 - January 1987, student, 868th Ground Launched Cruise Missile Training Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
12. January 1987 - January 1988, flight commander, 71st Tactical Missile Squadron, Florennes Air Base, Belguim
13. January 1988 - June 1988, student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
14. June 1988 - September 1992, Chief, National Strategy Development Section; Chief, Single Integrated Operational Plan Presentation Division, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff; Chief, Single Integrated Operational Plan Presentations Office, Headquarters SAC, Offutt AFB, Neb.
15. September 1992 - July 1993, Commander, 351st Organizational Missile Maintenance Squadron, Whiteman AFB, Mo.
16. July 1993 - June 1994, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
17. June 1994 - September 1996, Deputy Chief, Command Center Division, Directorate of Operations and Logistics; executive assistant to the Commander in Chief U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
18. September 1996 - July 1998, Commander, 90th Logistics Group, and later, Vice Commander, 90th Space Wing, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
19. July 1998 - July 1999, Vice Commander, 45th Space Wing, Patrick AFB, Fla.
20. July 1999 - June 2000, executive officer to the Commander in Chief, NORAD and U.S. Space Command, and Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
21. June 2000 - July 2002, Commander, 341st Space Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
22. July 2002 - June 2004, Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team Two, National Military Command Center, the Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.
23. June 2004 - October 2005, Director, Logistics and Communications, Chief Information Officer and Chief Sustainment Officer, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
24. October 2005 - August 2007, Commander, 20th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Task Force 214, U.S. Strategic Command, Francis E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
25. August 2007 - present, Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
Master Missileer with operations designator
Master Space Operations
SPACE AND MISSILE WEAPONS SYSTEMS
Hound Dog, Quail, short range attack missile, Minuteman II and III, ground launched cruise missile, Peacekeeper, Atlas III, Delta II and III, and Titan IV
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with two bronze stars
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short
Air Force Longevity Ribbon with silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters
Air Force Recruiter Ribbon
Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Ribbon with bronze star
Air Force Training Ribbon with bronze oak leaf cluster
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Nov. 9, 1977
First Lieutenant Nov. 9, 1979
Captain Nov. 9, 1981
Major March 1, 1987
Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1991
Colonel Nov. 1, 1997
Brigadier General Sept. 1, 2003
Major General March 2, 2007
(Current as of August 2009)