COLONEL RICHARD W. BOLTZ

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Col. Richard W. Boltz is Commander, 30th Space Wing and Western Range, Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The wing's forces conduct spacelift and range operations, and support operational and developmental missile system testing for the Department of Defense from the West Coast of the United States. Vandenberg AFB is the only U.S. platform for polar orbit launches and the only location to conduct intercontinental ballistic missile testing without over-flying populated areas.

EDUCATION
1988 Bachelor of Science in physics, University of Dayton, Ohio
1992 Master of Science in space operations, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1993 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2000 Master of Arts and Sciences in military operational arts and sciences, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2001 Master of Arts and Sciences in airpower arts and sciences, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 Air War College, by correspondence
2006 Master of Science in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington D.C.
2008 Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 USAF Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Charlottesville, Va.
2010 USAF Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. November 1988 - March 1989, Undergraduate Space Training Student, Lowry AFB, Colo.
2. April 1989 - August 1989, Mission Control Center 2 Crew Training Student, Peterson AFB, Colo.
3. August 1989 - October 1990, Satellite Operations Planning and Analysis Officer, Schriever AFB, Colo.
4. October 1990 - May 1991, Satellite Operations Standardization/Evaluation Officer, Schriever AFB, Colo.
5. May 1991 - December 1992, Air Force Institute of Tech Degree Candidate, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. January 1993 - February 1993, Squadron Officer School Student, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
7. February 1993 - September 1994, Mission Flight Control Officer, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
8. September 1994 - January 1996, Chief, Mission Flight Control Stan/Eval, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
9. January 1996 - December 1996, Deputy Flight Commander, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Air Force Space Support Team, Schriever AFB, Colo.
10. December 1996 - May 1997, Assistant Flight Commander, Air Mobility Commander/Air Force Special Operations Command Air Force Space Support Team, Schriever AFB, Colo.
11. June 1997 - June 1998, Flight Commander, Air Force Special Operations Command Air Force Space Support Team, Schriever AFB, Colo.
12. July 1998 - November 1998, Chief, U.S. Central Command, Exercises and Wargames, Peterson AFB, Colo.
13. November 1998 - July 1999, Chief, Tactics Development, Peterson AFB, Colo.
14. August 1999 - June 2000, Air Command and Staff College student, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
15. June 2000 - June 2001, School of Advanced Airpower Studies student, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
16. July 2001 - December 2002, Chief, Long Range Strategy, Ramstein AB, Germany
17. December 2002 - December 2003, Aide-de-Camp to Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe/Air North, Germany
18. March 2003 - July 2005, Commander, 17th Test Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
19. August 2005 - June 2006, National War College Student, Ft. Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
20. June 2006 - June 2008, Director, Joint Exercises and Training, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
21. June 2008 - April 2010, Commander, 614th Air and Space Operations Center and Director, Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
22. April 2010 - Present, Commander, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
NATO Medal

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Distinguished Graduate, Air Force ROTC
Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Space Training
Top Graduate, Air Force Institute of Technology, Space Operations
Top Graduate, U.S. Air Force Space Tactics School
Distinguished Graduate, Air Command Staff College
2011 California Air Force Association Military Person of the Year

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant April 24, 1988
First Lieutenant Aug. 3, 1990
Captain Aug. 3, 1992
Major July 1, 1999
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2003
Colonel Jan. 1, 2007

(Current as of June 2011)