Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command,
Washington, D.C. He is responsible to the commander of Air Force Space
Command in carrying out Air Force space missions and integrating space
policy, guidance, coordination and synchronization of space-related
activities, and issue resolution for Air Force Space Command and the
Department of the Air Force.
Air Force Space Command organizes, trains, equips and maintains mission-ready space forces and provides missile warning, positioning, navigation and timing, and communications for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and the other functional and geographic combatant commands. The command comprises approximately 30,000 space professionals worldwide.
General Thompson was commissioned in 1985 as a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a career space officer with assignments in operations, acquisition, research and development, and academia. He has commanded operational space units at the squadron, group and wing levels. The general is also an Olmsted Scholar, graduate of the Senior Acquisition Course and Level III-Certified Program Manager. Prior to his assignment as Vice Commander, General Thompson was the Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.