Lt. Col. Brian A. Dea

Commander of the 4th Space Operations Squadron, Space Delta 8
United States Space Force

Col. Brian A. Dea is the Commander of the 4th Space Operations Squadron, Space Delta 8, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. As the commander, he is responsible for the $45.1 billion Protected Military Satellite Communications System encompassing both the Military Strategic and Tactical Relay constellation and Advanced Extremely High Frequency weapon systems. He is also responsible for the $5.2 billion Wideband Satellite system encompassing both the Defense Satellite Communications System and Wideband Global Satellite Communications System and the $1.4 billion Enhanced Polar Satellite Communications System. The squadron executes fixed and mobile satellite operations, payload management, systems engineering and ground systems maintenance. Through operation of all its weapons systems, the squadron provides high-throughput, secure and survivable military satellite communications for the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, combatant commanders, coalition partners, and global warfighters.

Lt. Col. Dea graduated from the University of Calif., Irvine and received his commission through ROTC at University of Calif., Los Angeles in 2005.  He has led joint and combined space operations supporting the nation’s combatant commands and provided space support during Operations ODYSSEY DAWN, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.  Lt Col Dea has held multiple space assignments to include Chief, Operations Training for the Space Based Infrared System, 2d Infantry Space Liaison Officer, and Chief, Current Operations at the Combined Space Operations Center.  Prior to taking command he served as the Executive Officer to the Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command, U.S. Space Command and Deputy Commander, Space Operations Command, U.S. Space Force.  Lt. Col Dea is a career space officer with over 16 years of operations and training experience. 

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