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Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Givler

Instructor of History

Department of History

Contact Information

(719) 333-3231




Lieutenant Colonel Givler was originally born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the son of two Air Force parents, but grew up primarily in Charleston, South Carolina.  He earned his commission from AFROTC at the University of South Carolina in May 2006.

Upon commissioning, Lt Col Givler completed initial Space & Missile qualification training. From there he completed 250 nuclear alerts serving in various operational and leadership capacities as a Missileer. From there, Lt Col Givler worked Western Range spacelift operations at Vandenberg, AFB culminating in leading the range team for the first-ever SpaceX Falcon 9 launch off the West Coast. Major Givler went on to assume command of the Air Force’s northernmost satellite tracking station (POGO) in Thule, Greenland. Major Givler then assumed a variety of staff roles at HQ Air Force Space Command, primarily working space operations force development issues. It was during this assignment that Lt Col Givler deployed to the 601st AOC at Tyndall, AFB as the Deputy Director of Space Forces in support of Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief Operations. At HQ Air Force Space Command, Lt Col Givler took part in and led various teams working such tasks as creating a student pipeline for space operators at Air Force Test Pilot School and designing the original macro-organizational structure of the United States Space Force.

He currently is assigned to the Department of History, as an Instructor teaching Military History.


Master of Arts, History, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (2020)

Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command & Staff College (2018)

Master of Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security, The Pennsylvania State University (2012)

Bachelor of Arts, History (Minor in International Studies), University of South Carolina (2006)

Professional Experience

Instructor, Department of History, U.S. Air Force Academy (2020-Present)

Force Management Branch Chief and (13S) Space Operations Officer MAJCOM Functional Manager, HQ Air Force Space Command A3/6X Resources Division, Peterson AFB, CO (2017-2019)

AFFOR Staff Planning Officer, HQ Air Force Space Command A2/3/6O Operations Division, Peterson AFB, CO (2016-2017)

Detachment Commander, 23d Space Operations Squadron, Detachment 1, Thule AB, Greenland (2015-2016)

Range Operations Commander, Section Chief, Assistant Flight Commander, Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, Acting Director of Operations, Deputy Chief of Stan/Eval, Vandenberg AFB, CA (2011-2015)

Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Commander, Instructor, Evaluator, Stan/Eval Operations Section Chief, Malmstrom AFB, MT (2006-2011)

Student, Undergraduate Space Training (Space 100), Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Member Initial Qualification Training, Vandenberg AFB, CA (2006)

Honors & Awards

Air Force Space Command A3/6 FGOY

Team Vandenberg CGOY

AFA Goddard Chapter CGOY

Squadron CGOY (x2)

Range Operations Commander of the Year

Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters

Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Humanitarian Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with ‘N’ Device

Phi Alpha Theta Member

Research and Scholarly Interests

Punic Wars

World War II (Eastern Front)

Cold War

Grand Strategy