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Thompson presented prestigious Hartinger Award

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, is the 2020 James V. Hartinger Award recipient presented by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Named after the first Commander of the United States Air Force Space Command, the NDIA has selected one recipient annually since 1984 to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, leadership and contributions to the space mission throughout the Department of Defense. (U.S. Space Force graphic by Chip Pons)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, is the 2020 James V. Hartinger Award recipient presented by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. Named after the first Commander of the United States Air Force Space Command, the NDIA has selected one recipient annually since 1984 to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, leadership and contributions to the space mission throughout the Department of Defense. (U.S. Space Force graphic by Chip Pons)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, receives the 2020 Gen. James V. Hartinger Award on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) from Loula Moschonas , NDIA Los Angeles Chapter President, during the Space Warfighting Industry Forum, August 20, 2020 at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Thompson is responsible for approximately 6,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $9 billion. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, receives the 2020 Gen. James V. Hartinger Award on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) from Loula Moschonas , NDIA Los Angeles Chapter President, during the Space Warfighting Industry Forum, August 20, 2020 at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Thompson is responsible for approximately 6,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $9 billion. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, stands alongside Loula Moschonas, National Defense Industrial Association Los Angeles Chapter President, during the Space Warfighting Industry Forum, August 20, 2020 at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Thompson was presented the 2020 Gen. James V. Hartinger Award on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the NDIA. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, stands alongside Loula Moschonas, National Defense Industrial Association Los Angeles Chapter President, during the Space Warfighting Industry Forum, August 20, 2020 at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Thompson was presented the 2020 Gen. James V. Hartinger Award on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the NDIA. (U.S. Space Force photo by Van Ha)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif-- Lt. Gen. John F. Thompson, Space and Missile Systems Center commander, was virtually presented the 2020 Gen. James V. Hartinger Award August 20 on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) at the Space Warfighting Industry Forum, here.

Named after the first Commander of the United States Air Force Space Command, the NDIA has selected one recipient annually since 1984 to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, leadership and contributions to the space mission throughout the Department of Defense (DoD).

Thompson, who is responsible for approximately 6,000 employees nationwide and an annual budget of $9 billion, manages the research, design, development, acquisition and sustainment of satellites and the associated command and control systems.

“I want to thank the men and women of the Space and Missile Systems Center,” said Thompson. “I’ve watched and supported them from the sidelines as best I could as the commander and the Program Executive Officer for Space. Everyone at the center shares in this award and their efforts have been absolutely instrumental in us being able to tackle this new era of peer-to-peer space competition.”

The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the NDIA champions the local defense economy, is heavily involved with workforce development with an emphasis on supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs in local primary and secondary schools, and works to address critical issues industry and military facilities face across the DoD.