Casey M. Beard

Casey Michael Beard is a colonel in the United States Space Force, and formerly in the United States Air Force, who is currently serving as the commander of the Space Delta 9, a newly activated unit within Space Force.[2] In 2019, Beard was nominated for transfer to the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force.[3] His previous assignment was as the Deputy Director of the Space Strategy and Plans Directorate in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, Pentagon, Washington D.C.[2] He was the team leader who drafted the U.S. Space Force's first service doctrine.[4][5][6]

Casey M. Beard
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Birth nameCasey Michael Beard[1]
Nickname(s)"Shaggy"
BornCheyenne, Wyoming
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Air Force (2001-2019)
 United States Space Force (2019-present)
Years of service2001–present (19 years)
RankUS Air Force O6 shoulderboard rotated.svg Colonel
Commands heldSpace Delta 9
750th Operations Group
1st Space Operations Squadron
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (4)
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Combat Readiness Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Beard earned his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2001 following graduation from Clemson University. He has served across multiple operational disciplines including nuclear operations, satellite communications, space situational awareness, space control, and operational level command and control.[2]

EducationEdit

  • 2001 Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, Clemson University, S. Car.[2]
  • 2006 Squadron Officer School, Top Third Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2009 Master of Science, Space Studies, American Military University, in correspondence
  • 2009 U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Distinguished Graduate and Mission Award, Nellis AFB, Nev.
  • 2014 Air Command and Staff College, Distinguished Graduate, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2015 U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2018 National War College, Distinguished Graduate, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.

AssignmentsEdit

1. June 2001 – February 2002, Student, Officer Space Prerequisite Training; Student, Peacekeeper Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.[2]
2. February 2002 – September 2002, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander, 400th Missile Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
3. September 2002 – June 2003, Deputy Missile Combat Crew Commander Instructor, 90th Operational Support Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
4. July 2003 – November 2004, Missile Combat Crew Commander; Flight Commander, 400th MS, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
5. November 2004 – April 2006, Missile Combat Crew Commander Evaluator; Deputy Chief, Standardization and Evaluation Division, 90th Operations Group, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.
6. April 2006 – May 2006 Student, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. May 2006 – September 2006, Student, Milstar Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
8. October 2006 – June 2008, Mission Commander; Lead Instructor, 4th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
9. July 2008 – June 2009, Executive Officer, Space Innovation and Development Center, Schriever AFB, Colo.
10. June 2009 – December 2009, Student, USAF Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
11. January 2010 – June 2013, Deputy Chief, Space Situational Awareness Branch; Chief, Defensive Operations Branch, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
12. August 2013 – June 2014, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
13. July 2014 – June 2015, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
14. July 2015 – July 2017, Commander, 1st SOPS, Schriever AFB, Colo.
15. August 2017 – June 2018, Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington D.C.
16. June 2018 – June 2020, Deputy Director, Space Strategy and Plans Directorate, Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, Pentagon, Washington D.C.
17. June 2020 – July 2020, Commander, 750th Operations Group, Schriever AFB, Colo.
18. July 2020 – present, Commander, Delta 9, Schriever AFB, Colo.

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Rank Date
  Second lieutenant May 10, 2001
  First lieutenant May 30, 2003
  Captain May 30, 2005
  Major June 1, 2011
  Lieutenant colonel Feb. 1, 2015
  Colonel March 1, 2019


Awards and decorationsEdit

Col Beard has been awarded the following:[7]

 
     
     
        
     
         
   
Badge Command Space Operations Badge
1st Row Defense Superior Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal
with 2 bronze Oak leaf clusters
2nd Row Air Force Commendation Medal Joint Service Achievement Medal Air Force Meritorious Unit Award
3rd Row Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
with 3 bronze Oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award Air Force Combat Readiness Medal
4th Row National Defense Service Medal Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Air and Space Campaign Medal
5th Row Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
with gold "N" Device
Air Force Longevity Service Award
with 3 bronze Oak leaf clusters
Air Force Training Ribbon
Badges Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge Basic Missile Operations Badge

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Clemson Commencement Program, May 2001". Clemson University. May 1, 2001. p. 27. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Colonel Casey M. Beard". vanderberg.af.mil. June 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "PN2172 — Space Force". United States Congress. Retrieved August 14, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "First Space Force Doctrine Lays Foundation for Future Ops". Air Force Magazine. August 10, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  5. ^ "Space Force foresees need for fast response launch vehicles and in-space logistics". SpaceNews. August 12, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "Space Capstone Publication, Spacepower: Doctrine for Space Forces" (PDF). United States Space Force. August 10, 2020. p. 39. Retrieved August 14, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ "Col Casey M. Beard". schriever.spaceforce.mil. Retrieved December 25, 2020.

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Military offices
New office Commander of the 750th Operations Group
2020
Group inactivated
New office Commander of the Space Delta 9
2020–present
Incumbent