Mr Brian "Bear" Lihani

Chief, Aerospace Warning Branch HQ NORAD

Mr. John Brian Lihani is Chief, Radar Warning Branch, Operations Directorate, HQ NORAD, Peterson AFB, CO. He is a senior air defense operations analyst and as branch chief he directs, organizes and exercises management over employees assigned to the Radar Warning Branch. Manages branch tasking processes and enforces command directives providing oversight for operational integration of existing and new systems to accomplish NORAD’s aerospace control and warning mission. Mr. Lihani is from Pasadena, California. After graduation from the University of Kentucky and receiving his commission as a Second Lieutenant, he entered the Air Force in 1977. He earned his Master of Science degree in Aerospace Operations from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1997. His military background includes various duties in as a Personnel Staff Officer, Director of Base Personnel, Base Commander Executive Officer, Air Battle Manager, Unit Commander, Director Sector Operations Control Center, and Commander of the Air Warning Center inside the legendary Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station. Mr Lihani has served with NATO forces and Republic of Korea forces. He has participated in Top Gun, Red Flag, Adversary Tactics and Top Scope competitions.

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