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COLONEL CATHERINE "KATE" KLEMAN

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Colonel Kate Kleman is the Mobilization Assistant to the Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The directorate is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping Air Force Space Command units for globally integrated space, cyberspace and ISR operations and for assimilating capabilities into the operational level of war. Mission areas include missile warning, space control, spacelift and range operations, satellite command and control, nuclear event detection, airfield operations, offensive cyber operations, defensive cyber operations, Department of Defense Information Network operations, and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance. The directorate executes an annual operations and maintenance budget of one billion dollars.

Colonel Kleman has served as a military assistant to the Secretary of Defense and Air Force Congressional Liaison. Her former space operations duties include Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the 460th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office and space surveillance at Eglin AFB, Fla. As a Space Operations Analyst at the Pentagon, she has performed key studies on Air Force intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, information warfare, and space programs.

Colonel Kleman graduated in 1989 from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Space Operations. In 1994, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio, were she did pioneering thesis work applying military pattern recognition technologies to automated breast cancer diagnosis. And, in 2014, Colonel Kleman graduated with distinction from Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Staff College, Norfolk, Va.

EDUCATION
1989 Bachelor of Science degree in Space Operations, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
1989 Undergraduate Space Training, Lowry AFB, Colo.
1989 Combat Crew Training, Peterson AFB, Colo.
1994 Master of Science degree in Space Operations, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio
1995 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. Received Right of Line Award.
2005 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2007 Air War College, by correspondence
2013 Joint Domestic Operations Course, NORAD/NORTHCOM-J7
2014 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Staff College, Norfolk, Va. Graduate with Distinction.

ASSIGNMENTS
1. November 1989 - May 1993, Space Operations Crew Commander/Chief of Standardization and Evaluation/Chief of Operations and Training / Executive Officer, 20th Space Surveillance Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
2. May 1993 - January 1995, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Dayton, Ohio
3. January 1995 - November 1996, Space Operations Analyst, Air Force Studies and Analyses Agency, Washington, D.C.
4. November 1996 - June 1998, Chief Congressional Liaison for Space/Nuclear/C4ISR/Information Warfare, Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison, Washington, D.C.
5. June 1998 - January 2000, Junior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
6. January 2000 - October 2001, Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C.
7. October 2001 - June 2010, Reserve Force Structure Lead/Operations Center Watch Commander/Assistant Director of Space Professional Management Office, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.
8. June 2010 - May 2012, Senior Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the Commander, 460th Space Wing, Buckley AFB, Colo.
9. June 2012 - June 2015, IMA to Chief, House Liaison Division, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the
Air Force, Washington, D.C.
10. June 2015 - present, Mobilization Assistant to Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with silver hourglass

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS
Authored “Using Neural Networks to Select Wavelet Features for Breast Cancer Diagnosis,” IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, Vol 15, No 3, May/June 1996
Authored “How Colombia Took Back Their Country: Lessons Learned.” Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Staff College, Norfolk, VA

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1989
First Lieutenant May 31, 1991
Captain May 31, 1993
Major June 15, 2001
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 18, 2005
Colonel June 28, 2010

(Current as of May 2017)