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COLONEL WILLIAM J. LIQUORI JR.

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Col. William J. Liquori Jr. is the Commander, 50th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. As Commander, he is responsible for more than 4,200 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations worldwide, in support of more than 150 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $66 billion.

Prior to assuming command, Colonel Liquori was a Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellow serving as Director, Space Policy Implementation, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He was responsible for providing policy advice and support to the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders by formulating, recommending, integrating, and implementing policies and strategies to improve United States space capabilities.
 
Colonel Liquori entered the Air Force in 1991 as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at Boston University. His career has included numerous satellite operations and staff positions in Air Force Space Command, the National Reconnaissance Office and the Air Force Secretariat. He is a graduate and former instructor of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School.

EDUCATION
1991 Bachelor of Arts, Computer Science, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
1996 Master of Arts, Computer Resources & Information Management, Webster University, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2000 Distinguished Graduate, USAF Weapons Instructor Course, Space, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
2004 Distinguished Graduate, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2005 School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
2009 Distinguished Graduate, USMC War College, MCB Quantico, Virginia
2012 Leadership Enhancement Program, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, North Carolina
2013 Fellow, Seminar XXI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

ASSIGNMENTS
1. May 1992 - July 1992, student, Undergraduate Space Training, Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado
2. August 1992 - March 1996, chief, UHF F/O Procedures Section, senior satellite operations crew commander, satellite engineering officer, satellite operations crew commander, student, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Falcon AFB, Colorado
3. March 1996 - June 2000, executive officer, chief, Launch Readiness Division, operations support flight commander, senior flight commander, flight commander, Office of Space Operations, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Space) with duty at the National Reconnaissance Office, Onizuka AS, California
4. June 2000 - December 2000, student, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nevada
5. January 2001 - June 2003, assistant operations officer, Missions, missions flight commander, instructor, 328th Weapons Squadron (U.S. Air Force Weapons School), Nellis AFB, Nevada
6. July 2003 - June 2004, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
7. July 2004 - June 2005, student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
8. July 2005 - June 2006, chief, Space Control and Force Application Branch, National Security Space Office, Office of the Under Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C.
9. June 2006 - June 2008, commander, Space Operations Squadron, Buckley AFB, Colorado
10. July 2008 - June 2009, student, U.S. Marine Corps War College, MCB Quantico, Virginia
11. July 2009 - June 2011, chief, Missile Defense Division, Strategy, Policy, Partnering, and Capabilities Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany
12. June 2011 - July 2013, Chief Staff of the Air Force Fellow, with duty as director, Space Policy Implementation, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Space), Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. July 2013-present, Commander, 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 11, 1991
First Lieutenant Nov. 3, 1993
Captain Nov. 3, 1995
Major Aug. 1, 2002
Lieutenant Colonel March 1, 2006
Colonel Oct. 1, 2009

(Current as of May 2014)




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