Died April 24,2003
Lt. Gen. Roger G. DeKok is vice commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
The general entered the Air Force as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program in June 1968. He has served in numerous space plans and operations positions, from detachment level to space policy work in the White House, and has commanded two space wings. While serving at the Pentagon in 1983, he coordinated the Air Force Space Plan. During his assignment to the White House National Security Council, he developed and coordinated the U.S. National Space Policy that was signed by President Reagan in January 1988. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as deputy chief of staff for plans and programs at Headquarters U.S. Air Force, where he was responsible to the secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff for planning, programming and manpower activities within the corporate Air Force.
1968 Bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
1971 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1975 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1979 Master of science degree in systems management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
1984 Distinguished graduate, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1. June 1968 - January 1970, chief, Plans Branch, 73rd Aerospace Surveillance Wing, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (August 1969 - December 1969, interim commander, Baker-Nunn Optical Tracking Site, Jupiter, Fla.)
2. February 1970 - February 1971, space surveillance officer, 19th Surveillance Squadron, Diyarbakir, Turkey
3. February 1971 - November 1974, space systems staff officer, Headquarters North American Air Defense Command and Aerospace Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colo.
4. November 1974 - January 1976, assistant program element monitor for the space shuttle program, Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
5. January 1976 - April 1978, planning officer for space defense operational concepts, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Aerospace Defense Command, Ent Air Force Base, Colo.
6. May 1978 - September 1979, graduate student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
7. September 1979 - September 1981, space systems staff officer, Directorate of Operations and Readiness, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
8. September 1981 - June 1983, space systems staff officer, Directorate of Space, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. July 1983 - May 1984, student, Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
10. May 1984 - May 1987, chief, Long Range Plans Branch; chief, Satellite Control Network Division; and later, director of space systems, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
11. May 1987 - October 1988, director for space programs, National Security Council, the White House, Washington, D.C.
12. October 1988 - January 1989, president's special assistant for national security affairs, and senior director on the National Security Council staff for defense policy, the White House, Washington, D.C.
13. January 1989 - February 1989, special assistant to the assistant secretary of the Air Force for space policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. February 1989 - May 1989, special assignment to assist in forming the National Space Council, the White House, Washington, D.C.
15. June 1989 - August 1990, commander, 1st Space Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
16. August 1990 - June 1993, commander, 2nd Space Wing, later, commander, 50th Space Wing, Falcon Air Force Base, Colo.
17. June 1993 - August 1995, director of plans, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
18. August 1995 - August 1996, director of operations, U.S. Space Command, and deputy Department of Defense manager for manned space flight support operations, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
19. August 1996 - August 1998, commander, Headquarters Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
20. August 1998 - June 2000, deputy chief of staff for plans and programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
21. June 2000 - present, vice commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
Presidential Service Badge
Master Space Badge
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
1979 Mervin E. Gross Award, Air Force Institute of Technology
1989 Rotary National Award for Space Achievement
1995 James V. Hartinger Award for Military Space Achievement
1998 Military Astronautics Award, American Astronautical Society
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Jun 10, 1968
First Lieutenant Dec 28, 1969
Captain Jun 28, 1971
Major Sep 1, 1978
Lieutenant Colonel Dec 1, 1982
Colonel Dec 1, 1986
Brigadier General Jul 1, 1992
Major General Jun 1, 1995
Lieutenant General Aug 19, 1996
(Current as of June 2000)