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General Taverney bids farewell after 38 years

Los Angeles Air Force Base -- Maj. Gen. Thomas Taverney, the Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. retired after 38 years of service in space operations and space systems development positions. 

Gen. Kevin Chilton, Air Force Space Command commander, presided over the ceremony, held at the Fort MacArthur Community Center in San Pedro. 

In the arena of space systems development, the General has performed satellite design and development at the systems level and has also designed and developed software for satellite space and ground systems. In addition, the General has been involved in the acquisition and program management of military and civillian space systems since 1968. 

In space operations, General Taverney performed numerous functions in on-orbit satellite command and control for taskable satellites. In the launch operations arena, the General has had experience in building ascent launch trajectories, performing launch day wind analysis, and launch console operations. 

During operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle, General Taverney was recalled to active duty to support "Assured Access to Space," providing space launch and range operations support to our warfighters. In March 2006, General Taverney was again called to active duty as the AFSPC vice commander. Additionally, General Taverney is a certified Director of Space Forces and has supported the AFSPC commander in the development of space warfighting doctrine and operational concepts. 

During his career, among many other accomplishments, General Taverney designed the Airborne Anti-Satellite System, led the guidance launch failure analysis team that got the Titan flying again in six days, developed a set of guidance equations for the miniature homing vehicle subsequently proven in flight test, designed and developed software for classified satellite programs that allowed the systems to perform functions never envisioned, built a simulator that validated the processing time and performance for the National Launch Systems led by the ARGOS Independent Review team, conducted independent software assessments for the space based infrared systems and global positioning systems, and led the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Independent Readiness Review Team. 

General Taverney is currently employed as a senior corporate vice president for Science Applications International Corporation. In his civilian capacity he has extensive engineering design and development expertise along with significant program and organizational management experience including direct program management of numerous space systems developments, profit/loss and balance sheet responsibility, strategic planning, budgeting monitoring, and contract negotiation and performance. General Taverney has held the position of chief engineer, vice president, group vice president, president and chief operating officer. In addition to being on the advisory boards at Chapman University and Cal State Fullerton the General was the first national chairman of the National Security Industrial Association Space Committee.