Biography - Capt Dan Whalen

Capt Dan Whalen

Captain Dan Whalen is currently serving as the Assistant Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.  He is responsible for running the front office for the MAJCOM and Joint Force Space Component Command Commander.  

Captain Whalen entered the Air Force through West Virginia University’s Reserve Officer Training Corp in May 2009.  He has served in a variety of operational and acquisition positions ranging from leading hundreds of airmen to influencing billion dollar programs. Prior to his current position, he was the chief integrator of GPS III-1 launch and C2 activities.

2009 - Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
2009 - Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL                      2010 - Distinguished graduate, Undergraduate Space Training, Vandenberg AFB, CA
2012 - Aircraft Maintenance Officer Course, Sheppard AFB, TX
2013 - Master's of Arts, Military Studies, American Military University
2014 - Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL


  1. July 2009 - April 2012, Space Systems Analyst and Deputy Chief, Satellite Modeling Section, Directed Energy Directorate, Air Force Research Lab, Kirtland AFB, N.M. 
  2. July 2012 - October 2015,  Maintenance Operations Officer, 436th Maintenance Squadron, later, Maintenance Operations Officer, 736th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.
  3. October 2015 - November 2017, Chief, Satellite Assessment Team, Independent Readiness Review Team, Space and Missile System Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
  4. November 2017 - April 2018, Chief, GPS III Mission Operations, Space Vehicle Division, Global Positioning System Directorate, Space and Missile System Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif. 
  5. April 2018 - Pres, Assistant Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB Co. 

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS                                                                                                                                            Air Force Meritorious Service Medal                                                                                                                                                      Air Force Commendation Medal w/oak leaf cluster                                                                                                                        Air Force Achievement Medal w/oak leaf cluster 

Second Lieutenant May 27, 2009
First Lieutenant May 27, 2011
Captain May 27, 2013

(Current as of March 2014)