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Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton: U.S. Space Force Executive Joins the 2024 Space Summit

Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton: U.S. Space Force Executive Joins the 2024 Space Summit

Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton is a seasoned executive in the United States Space Force. Mr. Bratton will participate in the 2024 Space Summit as one of the keynote speakers to discuss the top concerns in the space defense industry.


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Who is Shawn Bratton?


Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton Speaking
Photo by Ethan Johnson/ U.S. Space Force


Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton serves as the Deputy Director for Operations at the United States Space Force. He provides administration, technology, analysis, and finance expertise.


One of Shawn’s notable contributions is providing operations training to the Guardians. This project helped the Guardians become more familiar with new space capabilities through the STARCOM simulator.


Educational Background


Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton has an extensive educational background, mainly under the Department of Defense academic institutions. Here is the list of schools and courses that Lt. Gen. Bratton attended.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education at Arizona State University (1993)
  • Academy of Military Science (1994)
  • Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base (1999)
  • Master’s Certificate in Homeland Security Studies at Naval Postgraduate School (2005)
  • Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base (2005)
  • Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base (2010)
  • Master’s in National Security Policy Studies at Naval War College (2010 – 2011)
  • Master’s in National Security Studies, Naval War College (2011)


Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton’s Career and Leadership Journey


Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton held various staff and operational roles.


Mr. Bratton enlisted in the Arizona Air National Guard’s 107th Air Control Squadron before being commissioned into service. One of his early leadership assignments includes his deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom as the U.S. Northern Command Director of Space Forces.


In 2021, he led the Space Training and Readiness Command as its first commander. In July 2023, he became the Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Space Operations. Finally, in December 2023, he was assigned to his current position as the Space Force’s Deputy Director for Operations.


Career Timeline


Let’s take a look at the professional history of Lt. Gen. Shawn Bratton.


  • 1997 – 1999: Principal at Arizona Youth Challenge
  • 2000 – 2005: Staff Officer at Air Force Space Command
  • 2005 – 2007: Weapons and Tactics Officer at Air National Guard
  • 2007 – 2010: ANG Advisor to Commander, 14th Air Force at Air National Guard
  • 2011 – 2015: Air National Guard Advisor at Air Force Space Command
  • 2015 – 2017: Commander for 175th Cyberspace Operations Group at the National Guard Bureau
  • 2017 – 2019: ANG Advisor to the Commander, AFSPC at Air Force Space Command
  • 2019: Deputy Director of Operations at Joint Functional Space Component Command
  • 2019 – Present: Deputy Director for Operations at United States Space Command


Achievements and awards


For his outstanding leadership record in the DoD, Shawn has received multiple major awards and decorations.


  • Bronze Star
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award
  • USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon
  • Defense Superior Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with six devices
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with device
  • Air Force Achievement Medal with four devices
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


Shawn Bratton is a distinguished graduate of the USAF Weapons School, Academy of Military Science, and NCO Preparatory School. He is also a top graduate of the Officer Space Prerequisite Training.


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About the 2024 Space Summit


Banner of the 2024 Space Summit


  • Date: March 05, 2024, Tuesday
  • Time: 7:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Eastern Time Zone
  • Event place: Hilton-McLean, 7920 Jones Branch Drive
  • Sponsors: Kepler, RG Royce GEO, AWS, ARKA, BWX Technologies


The 2024 Space Summit aims to address the rising concerns of the United States’ space dominance. The summit will cover how the federal sector handles the most pressing problems in space. Thus, POC invites top space researchers, leaders, and executives to speak and engage in the summit. 


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