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Lieutenant Colonel Justin T. Pendry (PhD)

AOC Program Director Deputy Chief, Integration Division

Center for Character and Leadership Development

Lt Col Justin Pendry
Contact Information

(719) 333-0885


Lt Col Justin Pendry is currently the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Program Director and the Deputy Chief of the Integration Division at the United States Air Force Academy’s (USAFA) Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD). Lt Col Pendry graduated from USAFA in 2002 and in 2018 CCLD sponsored him for a PhD in leadership at the University of San Diego with a research focus in commitment and organizational behavior.

Lt Col Pendry is an Acquisition, Intel and Space professional. Previous assignments included: Air Officer Commanding and Instructor at USAFA; legislative liaison; PACAF Commander’s Action Group (CAG) Action Officer; Acquisition test and Program Management positions in development and sustainment programs; MAJCOM Staff Officer; Intel Analyst; and Graduate Assistant for the Air Force Falcons football team.  Lt Col Pendry is Level II certified in Acquisitions and Test and Evaluation.  He is also a Level II certified space professional.


Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, United States Air Force Academy (2002)

Air and Space Basic Course (ASBC), Residence (2003)

Squadron Officer School, Residence (Top 3rd w/ No DG Program) (2007)

Intelligence Officer Training, Goodfellow AFB, TX (2008)

Masters of Arts in International Relations, University of Oklahoma (4.0 GPA) (2010)

Air Command & Staff College (ACSC) (by correspondence) (2011)

Master’s Degree Leadership and Counseling, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO (Top Grad) (2016)

Doctorate of Philosophy, Leadership Studies, USD (2019)

Air War College (AWC) (by correspondence) (2020)

Professional Experience

Graduate Assistant, USAFA Football Program, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO (May 2002 – May 2003)

AFSCN Test Manager, Range/Network Group, SMC, Los Angeles AFB, CA (June  2003 – July 2005)

Project Officer, AFSCN ESD 3.0 program, SMC, Los Angeles AFB, CA (August 2005 – May 2006)

Flt CC, Network Ops, Development Squadron, Los Angeles AFB, CA (June  2006 – June 2007,)

Student, Intelligence Officer Training, Goodfellow AFB, TX (July   2007 – February 2008)

Chief, ISR Force Modernization Branch, A2, AFSOC, Hurlburt Field, FL (March 2008 – January 2010)

Chief, Intelligence Ops, 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, FL (February 2010 – March 2011)

Space Systems PM, NCMC ITW/AA, ESC, Peterson AFB, CO (April 2011 – June 2013)

Action Officer, Commander’s Action Group, Pacific Air Forces, JBPH-H, HI (July 2013 – May 2014)

Legislative Liaison, Commander’s Action Group, Pacific Air Forces, JBPH-H, HI (June 2014 – April 2015)

Student, AOC Master’s Program, Colorado Springs CO (May 2015 – May 2016)

Air Officer Commanding, Squadron Four, USAFA, CO (June 2016 – June 2018)

PhD Student, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA (July 2018 – July 2021)

Deputy Chief, Integration Division, CCLD, USAFA, CO (August 2021 – Present)

Honors & Awards

Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster

AF Organizational Excellence Award
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal


USAFA FGO of the Year (2017)

AOC Master’s Program Leadership Award (2016)

Space C2 & Surveillance Division FGO of the Year (2012)

720th Special Tactics Operations Support Squadron  CGO of the Year (2010)

AFSOC ISR Officer of the Year (2009)

AF Level  Arthur S. Fleming Award Winner (2009)

AFSOC A2 CGO of the Year (2008)

AFA Volunteer of the Year Award (2006)

SCNG CGO of the Year (2006)

AFSCN Development Squadron JCGO of the Year (2005)