B. Chance Saltzman
Bradley Chance Saltzman is a United States Space Force lieutenant general currently serving as the deputy chief of space operations, nuclear, and cyber. He is the first lieutenant general of the Space Force and the first general officer promoted into the new service.
B. Chance Saltzman
Official portrait, 2020
|Birth name||Bradley Chance Saltzman|
|Born||Bowling Green, Kentucky|
|Service/||United States Air Force (1991-2020)|
United States Space Force (2020-present)
|Years of service||1991–present (29 years)|
|Commands held||Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado|
460th Operations Group
1st Space Control Squadron
614th Space Operations Squadron
|Awards||Defense Superior Service Medal|
Legion of Merit (3)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Saltzman has operational experience with missile and space systems, as a Minuteman III launch officer, and as a satellite operator for the National Reconnaissance Office. The general also served as the first Chief of Combat Plans for the Joint Space Operations Center, and later as Chief of Combat Operations. He transferred to the Space Force from the United States Air Force on August 14, 2020 where he last served as a major general and as the deputy commander for the United States Air Forces Central Command and the Combined Force Air Component Commander of the United States Central Command Southwest Asia.
Saltzman is a graduate of Boston University and was commissioned in 1991 via the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. He later completed a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Montana in 1994 and earned a Master of Strategic Management degree from the George Washington University School of Business in 1998.
1. March 1992–July 1992, Student, Undergraduate Missile Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
2. July 1992–June 1996, Missile Combat Crew, 10th Strategic Missile Squadron and Wing Missile Combat Crew Instructor and Evaluator, 341st Strategic Missile Wing, Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
3. July 1996–May 1998, Air Force Intern, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
4. June 1998–June 2001, Flight Commander, OD-Four, National Reconnaissance Office, Onizuka Air Station, Calif.
5. July 2001–June 2003, Instructor, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
6. July 2003–June 2004, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. July 2004–June 2005, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
8. July 2005–June 2006, Chief, Combat Plans Division, Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
9. July 2006–June 2007, Commander, 614th Space Operations Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
10. July 2007–June 2008, Commander, 1st Space Control Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
11. July 2008–June 2009, National Security Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
12. July 2009–May 2010, Chief, Strategic Plans and Policy Division, Directorate of Operational Planning, Policy and Strategy, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. June 2010–June 2012, Commander, 460th Operations Group, Buckley AFB, Colo.
14. June 2012–June 2014, Commander, Aerospace Data Facility – Colorado, Buckley AFB, Colo.
15. June 2014–February 2015, Deputy Director, Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
16. March 2015–May 2016, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
17. June 2016–May 2017, Director of Future Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18. June 2017–May 2019, Director of Current Operations, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
19. May 2019–August 2020, Deputy Commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command; Deputy, Combined Force Air Component Commander, U.S. Central Command, Southwest Asia
20. August 2020–present, Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, Office of the Chief of Space Operations, Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
Awards and decorationsEdit
|Command Space Operations Badge|
|Air Assault Badge|
|Missile Operations Badge|
|Air Staff Badge|
|Defense Superior Service Medal|
|Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Meritorious Service Medal|
|Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters|
|Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Joint Service Achievement Medal|
|Air Force Achievement Medal|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters|
|Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster|
|Combat Readiness Medal|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Air and Space Campaign Medal|
|Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal|
|Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver cluster|
|Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon|
|Navy Expert Rifleman Medal|
|Navy Pistol Marksmanship|
|Air Force Training Ribbon|
Effective dates of promotionEdit
|Second lieutenant||May 15, 1991|
|First lieutenant||October 18, 1993|
|Captain||October 18, 1995|
|Major||August 1, 2002|
|Lieutenant colonel||March 1, 2006|
|Colonel||October 1, 2009|
|Brigadier general||July 3, 2016|
|Major general||September 4, 2019|
|Lieutenant general||August 14, 2020|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to B. Chance Saltzman.|
- "Major General B. Chance Saltzman". shaw.af.mil. June 2019. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
- "U.S. Space Force promotes first general officer". United States Space Force. August 14, 2020. Retrieved July 14, 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- Erwin, Sandra (July 7, 2020). "Space Force proposes headquarters staff led by generals and civilians". SpaceNews. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
- "Major General B. Chance Saltzman". United States Air Force. March 2020. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
- "PN2134 — Maj. Gen. Bradley C. Saltzman — Space Force". U.S. Congress. July 28, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
- "PN2138 — Maj. Gen. Bradley C. Saltzman — Space Force". U.S. Congress. July 28, 2020. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
- "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. July 29, 2020. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
- Brown, Leah (April 2, 2016). "BGHS graduate to become Air Force brigadier general". Bowling Green Daily News. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
| Director of Future Operations of the United States Air Force
Scott D. West
| Director of Current Operations of the United States Air Force
David A. Mineau
Gregory M. Guillot
| Deputy Commander of the United States Air Forces Central Command
Michael G. Koscheski
Brian C. Chellgren
| Director of Staff of the Office of the Chief of Space Operations
Nina M. Armagno
|New title|| Deputy Chief of Space Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear