KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE ― Col. Eric Felt took command Saturday of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Space Vehicles Directorate and command of the Phillips Research Site.
Felt took over from Col. Russell Teehan in a ceremony presided over by Major Gen. William T. Cooley, Commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Felt comes to Kirtland from his post at Hill AFB, Utah, where he served as the the Senior Materiel Leader, Joint Mission Division, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Directorate.
The division develops, acquires, modifies, sustains and integrates ICBM joint Minuteman III/Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent mission capabilities to ensure safe, secure, responsive, on-time and on-target nuclear deterrent force to the warfighter.
AFRL’s Space Vehicles Directorate is charged with developing, testing and transitioning space technologies for the U.S. Air Force. Primary mission areas include: space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, space situational awareness, space communications, position navigation and timing as well as defensive space control. Space Vehicles has an annual budget of $307 million and employs 809 military, civilian and contractor employees.