Maj. Gen. Leah G. Lauderback is the Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. In this capacity, she serves as the senior Intelligence Advisor to the Chief of Space Operations and is responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Space Operations for policy formulation, planning, evaluation, oversight and leadership of Space Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
Maj. Gen. Lauderback received her commission in 1993 from Clemson University. Her career as an intelligence officer spans the strategic, tactical and operational levels of war throughout the Pacific, Central, and European theaters of operation. She commanded at the Wing, Group and Squadron levels, served as the Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, and led as the Director of Intelligence for the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, Southwest Asia. She is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. Her operational tours include the Implementation Force – Bosnia Herzegovina, operations Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Odyssey Dawn and Inherent Resolve.
1993 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Clemson University,
1997 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2004 Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
2006 Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence, Joint Military Intelligence College, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
2007 Joint Forces Staff College, National Defense University, Norfolk, Va.
2012 Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1. November 1993–July 1994, Student, Intelligence Technical Training, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
2. July 1994–July 1995, Intelligence Operations, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
3. August 1995–June 1997, Targeting Officer, 32nd Air Intelligence Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
4. June 1997–June 2000, Intelligence Operations, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
5. July 2000–July 2003, Instructor, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. July 2003–August 2005, Staff Officer, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
7. August 2005–August 2006, Student, Joint Military Intelligence College, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C.
8. August 2006–January 2007, Director of Operations, 324th Intelligence Squadron, Kunia, Hawaii
9. January 2007–June 2009, U.S. Pacific Command Chief of Targets, USPACOM Headquarters, Camp Smith, Hawaii
10. June 2009–June 2011, Commander, 450th Intelligence Squadron, Ramstein AB, Germany
11. July 2011–June 2012, Student, Naval War College, Newport Naval Station, R.I.
12. June 2012–May 2014, Commander, 67th Cyberspace Operations Group, Lackland AFB, Texas
13. May 2014–May 2016, Commander, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
14. June 2016–June 2017, Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. June 2017–June 2018, Director of Intelligence for the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait
16. June 2018–July 2019, Director, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Cyber Effects Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
17. July 2019–July 2020, Director of Intelligence, United States Space Command, Schriever AFB, Colo.
18. August 2020–present, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, United States Space Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. January 2007–June 2009, U.S. Pacific Command Chief of Targets, USPACOM Headquarters, Camp Smith, Hawaii, as a lieutenant colonel
2. June 2017–June 2018, Director of Intelligence for the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as a brigadier general
3. July 2019–July 2020, Director of Intelligence, United States Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., as a brigadier general
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit, with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal, with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Aug. 6, 1993
First Lieutenant Aug. 6, 1995
Captain Aug. 6, 1997
Major Jan. 1, 2004
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 2007
Colonel July 1, 2012
Brigadier General June 2, 2018
Major General Sept. 2, 2020
(Current as of September 2020)