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David J. Buck is a retired Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force. Prior to his retirement on February 1, 2018, Buck served as the commander of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and the Joint Force Space Component at Vandenberg Air Force Base.[1]

Air Force career

David Buck graduated summa cum laude with a degree in business administration from Kansas Newman College. In 1986, he graduated from Air Force Officer Training School, and commissioned as a second lieutenant. From 1986 to 1991, he served as a missile combat crew commander at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He then served in the 576th Flight Test Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Headquarters Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, and attended the College of Naval Command and Staff. He commanded the 1st Space Launch Squadron at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the 821st Air Base Group at Thule Air Base. He then served as the vice commander of the 30th Space Wing and the commander of the 50th Space Wing.[2] In 2010, Buck deployed for a year to direct Air Force Central Command space forces in southwest Asia. After serving as the vice command of the Air Force Warfare Center at Nellis Air Force Base, he served as the Director of Operation and the Vice Commander for Air Force Space Command. In August 2015, he assumed command of the 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and the Joint Force Space Component. He retired on February 1, 2018.[1][3]

Awards and decorations

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Command Space Operations Badge
Senior Cyberspace Operator Badge.jpg
Senior Cyberspace Operator Badge
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Command Missile Operations Badge
Seal of the United States Strategic Command.svg
United States Strategic Command Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four bronze oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one silver oak leaf cluster
Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon with "A" (Arctic) device
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster
NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon with oak leaf cluster[1]

Effective dates of promotion

Insignia Rank Date
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Lieutenant General Aug. 14, 2015
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Major General Aug. 8, 2014
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Brigadier General May 6, 2011
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Colonel July 1, 2005
US-O5 insignia.svg
Lieutenant Colonel May 1, 2000
US-O4 insignia.svg
Major Aug. 1, 1996
US-O3 insignia.svg
Captain June 10, 1990
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First Lieutenant June 10, 1988
US-O1 insignia.svg
Second Lieutenant June 10, 1986



  1. ^ a b c d "Lieutenant General David J. Buck". Biographies. United States Air Force. February 1, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Preston, Ben (August 3, 2008). "Meet Colonel Buck, Our New Space Wing Commander". Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Man Behind US Space Operations". Space Daily. October 30, 2017. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
Military offices
Preceded by
Jack Weinstein
Director of Air, Space and Cyberspace Operations of the Air Force Space Command
Succeeded by
Stephen T. Denker
Preceded by
John E. Hyten
Vice Commander of the Air Force Space Command
Succeeded by
David D. Thompson
Preceded by
John W. Raymond
Commander of the Fourteenth Air Force and Joint Functional Component Command for Space
Unit redesignated
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