Col. Steven E. Lang is Commander, 45th Launch Group at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch group is the 45th Space Wing’s focal point for Department of Defense, civil and commercial space launch-related activities. The group provides vital operations, engineering and maintenance support for launch vehicles and government satellites prepared and launched on the Eastern Range.
Col. Lang was commissioned in 1993 through the University of Miami ROTC program. He has space operations, nuclear operations and program management experience in Air Force Space Command and Air Force Material Command. Col. Lang served on the Chief of Force Development staff at the Canadian National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, Canada.
Col. Lang completed squadron command and deputy group command tours in Air Force Recruiting Service, and deployed as Deputy Commander for the 466th Air Expeditionary Group. Most recently, Col. Lang was the Military Deputy for Acquisition Integration at the Pentagon. In that capacity, he provided service acquisition executive oversight to the $200 billion Air Force acquisition portfolio by analyzing, integrating and advising senior leaders on more than 400 research, development and modernization programs. Col. Lang also led the Acquisition Enterprise Strategy and Plans Division and chaired the Air Force’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Panel.
1994 Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, University of Miami
2001 Master of Science, Technology Management, Central Michigan University, Mich.
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2004 Air Command and Staff College, (IDE), by correspondence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2006 Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (IDE), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2008 Air War College (SDE), by correspondence, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2010 Program Manager’s Course, Defense Systems Management College, Fort Belvoir, Va.
2015 Air War College (SDE), Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
1. November 1993 – February 1996, Missile Combat Crew, 740th Missile Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
2. February 1996 – January 1998, Range Operations Commander, 45th Range Squadron, Cape
3. Canaveral AFS, Fla.
4. January 1998 – April 1999, Chief, Range Standardization & Evaluation, 45th Operations
5. Group, Cape Canaveral AFS, Fla.
6. April 1999 – July 2000, Space Systems Security Engineer, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.
7. July 2000 – July 2001, Executive Officer, Senior Acquisition Executive, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.
8. July 2001 – May 2002, Acquisition Program Manager, National Security Agency, Fort Meade, Md.
9. May 2002 – September 2004, Nuclear Command and Control Crypto Modernization Program Manager, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
10. September 2004 – July 2005, Director of Operations, Network Centric Operations/Integration
11. Systems Wing, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
12. July 2005 – July 2006, Intermediate Developmental Education Student, Canadian Forces
13. College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
14. July 2006 – July 2008, Canadian Forces Exchange Officer, National Defence Headquarters,
15. Ontario, Canada
16. July 2008- July 2010, Chief, Delta Program Management Division, Launch and Range
17. Systems Wing, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
18. June 2010 – June 2012, Commander, 361st Recruiting Squadron, McChord AFB, Wash.
19. June 2012 – July 2014, Deputy Commander, 372rd Recruiting Group, Air Force Recruiting Service, Hill AFB, Utah
20. October 2013 – April 2014, Deputy Commander, 466th Expeditionary Group, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
21. July 2014 – June 2015, Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
22. June 2015 – June 2016, Military Deputy for Acquisition Integration, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
MAJOR AWARD AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Canadian Vice Chief of Defence Staff Commendation
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
(Current as of July 2016)