Anthony J. Mastalir is a colonel in the United States Air Force currently serving as the commander of the 30th Space Wing of the Space Operations Command. Prior to his current assignment he served as the Deputy Director, Space Security and Defense Program, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Anthony J. Mastalir
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1994–present (26 years)|
|Commands held||30th Space Wing|
595th Operations Support Squadron
|Awards||Defense Superior Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Air Force Commendation Medal (4)
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal (2)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Mastalir earned his commission as a distinguished graduate of Northwestern University Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He is a credentialed space professional having completed a series of operational, staff and command assignments in satellite launch, on-orbit command and control, ICBM launch, space control, policy, space security and defense, and legislative affairs. Mastalir has led organizations responsible for developing and integrating innovative space capabilities; planning and executing exercises and wargames; providing intelligence support; conducting operational test and evaluation; and developing advanced space training and tactics.
1994 Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
1998 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Master of Organizational Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2007 Master of National Security and Strategic Studies (Highest Distinction), Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2007 Distinguished Graduate, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2008 Master of Airpower Art and Science, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 Top Graduate, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2012 Air Force Research Fellow, Project Air Force, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.
2012 National Security Studies Program, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2013 Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
2014 Africa Political-Economic Conflict Seminar, Alan L. Freed Associates, Washington D.C.
2016 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1. July 1994 – July 1995, Academic Processing Officer, Assistant Regional Director of Admissions, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps Detachment 195, Chicago, Ill.
2. July 1995 – September 1995, Student, Undergraduate Space and Missile Training, 392d Training Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
3. September 1995 – March 1999, Satellite Procedures Officer, Flight Director, Mission Director, Satellite Operations Instructor, Evaluator, Operations Training Chief, 5th Space Operations Squadron, Onizuka Air Station, Calif.
4. March 1999 – August 1999, Student, Missile Initial Qualification Training, 392d Training Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
5. August 1999 – March 2001, Minuteman III Missile Combat Crew Commander, Instructor, Flight Commander, 564th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
6. March 2001 – June 2002 Air Force Intern, Space Operations and Integration Division, Deputy Chief of Staff of Air and Space Operations, Headquarters Air Force; and Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, Washington, D.C.
7. June 2002 – June 2004, Flight Commander, 4th Space Control Squadron, Holloman AFB, N.M.
8. June 2004 – April 2005, Chief, Space Control Requirements Branch, Space Superiority Division, Directorate of Requirements, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
9. April 2005 – July 2005, Commander’s Speech Writer, Commander’s Action Group, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
10. July 2005 – July 2006, Aide-de-Camp to the Commander, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
11. July 2006 – June 2007, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
12. July 2007 – June 2008, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. June 2008 – June 2010, Commander, 595th Operations Support Squadron; and Chief, Integration Division, Space Innovation and Development Center, Schriever AFB, Colo.
14. July 2010 – June 2011, Deputy Group Commander, 595th Space Group, Space Innovation and Development Center, Schriever AFB, Colo.
15. July 2011 – June 2012, Air Force Research Fellow, Project Air Force, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.
16. July 2012 – June 2014, Chief, Space and Missile Defense Division, Trans-Regional Policy, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
17. July 2014 – May 2015, Assistant Deputy Director, Global Policy and Partnerships, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
18. June 2015 – June 2017, Vice Commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever AFB, Colo.
19. July 2017 – July 2019, Deputy Director, Space Security and Defense Program, Colorado Springs, Colo.
20. July 2019 – present, Commander, 30th Space Wing and Western Launch and Test Range, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Effective dates of promotionEdit
|Second lieutenant||June 18, 1994|
|First lieutenant||July 15, 1996|
|Captain||July 15, 1998|
|Major||December 1, 2004|
|Lieutenant colonel||June 1, 2008|
|Colonel||July 1, 2012|
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- "Colonel Anthony J. Mastalir". Vandenberg Air Force Base. July 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Jacobson, Willis (June 27, 2020). "'Reinventing aerospace': Startup looks to launch its 3D printed rockets out of Vandenberg Air Force Base". Santa Maria Times. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
- Bender, Bryan (February 14, 2020). "POLITICO Q&A: Col. Anthony Mastalir, commander, 30th Space Wing". Politico. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
Michael S. Hough
| Commander of the 30th Space Wing
July 12, 2019–present