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MAJOR GENERAL FRANK D. WATSON

Maj. Gen. Frank D. Watson is the mobilization assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The general serves as the senior Reserve officer for the command and supports the commander in directing satellite control, warning, space launch, and ballistic missile operational missions through a worldwide network of support facilities and bases. 

A distinguished military graduate of Texas A&M, General Watson was commissioned as a regular officer through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program and entered active duty in June 1966. He has served duty in various capacities as a space operations officer, space systems staff officer, base commander and in contracting and acquisitions. He wears the Master Space Operations Badge. His duty assignments have been at the squadron, wing and headquarters levels as well as joint duty assignments with the North American Aerospace Defense Command. As an additional duty, he has been actively involved as an Air Force Academy and AFROTC admissions liaison officer serving as group commander and currently as senior area adviser. 

General Watson earned his aeronautical rating as a free fall military parachutist in August 1994. He remains current with more than 400 jumps and 230 minutes of free fall time to his credit. In his civilian capacity, he is an executive level business consultant, lecturer and author. 

EDUCATION
1966 Bachelor of Science degree in physics, Texas A&M University, College Station
1976 Master of Science degree in systems management, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
1977 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
1979 Industrial College of the Armed Forces, by correspondence
1981 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1994 Doctor of Philosophy degree in business administration, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 1966 - December 1967, space systems operations analyst, Space Defense Center, Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colo.
2. January 1968 - December 1970, space system operations officer, 1151st Special Activities Squadron, Ent AFB, Colo.
3. January 197 1 - January 1972, space systems operations officer, Research, Development and Quality Control, 1st Aerospace Control Squadron, Ent AFB, Colo.
4. January 1972 - September 1976, space systems staff officer, Spacetrack Sensors Division, Headquarters 14th Air Force, Ent AFB, Colo.
5. September 1976 - August 1980, orbital analyst and space systems staff officer, Headquarters Aerospace Defense Command, Ent AFB, Colo.
6. August 1980 - July 198 1, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. August 1981 - June 1982, individual mobilization augmentee to the Chief, Space Operations Requirements Division, Aerospace Defense Center, Colorado Springs, Colo.
8. June 1982 - February 1984, individual mobilization augmentee to the Director, Space Systems, Headquarters U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo. 
9. February 1984 - September 1985, individual mobilization augmentee to the Commander, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. September 1985 - July 1990, mobilization assistant to the Director, Contracting and Manufacturing Policy, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
11. July 1990 - July 1995, mobilization assistant to Deputy Assistant Secretary for Management Policy and Program Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
12. July 1995 - present, mobilization assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo. 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with three oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
1980 Outstanding Mobilization Augmentee, Aerospace Defense Command
1981 Outstanding Mobilization Augmentee, U.S. Air Force
1985 Outstanding Mobilization Augmentee, U.S. Space Command

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant  May 28, 1966
First Lieutenant  Nov. 28, 1967
Captain  May 28, 1969
Major  April 30, 1975
Lieutenant Colonel  Oct. 10, 1979
Colonel  May 1, 1984
Brigadier General  Sept. 23, 1990
Major General  Feb. 9, 1994

(Current as of June 1999)