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COLONEL FRANKLIN “JOEY” HINSON
Colonel Franklin J. Hinson is Chief, Plans Division, HQ Air Force Space Command. In this
position he is responsible for developing and executing AFSPC’s strategic plan and also for
developing the command’s strategy, policy, and doctrine. Colonel Hinson entered the Air Force
in 1987 upon graduation from The Citadel, The Military College of S.C. with a commission
from the Reserve Officer Training Corps. Colonel Hinson started his Air Force career as a
weather officer and served as a Detachment Commander at King Fahd Air Base, Saudi Arabia
in support of Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. In 1995 he cross-trained into the
Space Career field and since that time has served in a variety of space operation and staff
assignments associated with early warning and space surveillance systems. While assigned as
operations officer, 20th Space Surveillance Squadron, Colonel Hinson was responsible for the
day-to-day operations of a one-of-a-kind phased array radar that was the largest contributor to
the space surveillance network of world-wide sensors. Col Hinson commanded the 12th Space
Warning Squadron, Thule Air Base, Greenland and in his most recent assignment was the
Deputy Ops Group Commander for Air Force Space Command’s Space Superiority Wing, the
21st Space Wing.
Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Distinguished graduate, Undergraduate Space and Missile Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk Naval Air Station, Va.
Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
December 1987 — December 1988, AFIT student, Basic Meteorology Program, Texas A&M University, College
January 1988 — August 1990, Wing Weather Officer, Det 3, 3rd Weather Squadron, Myrtle Beach AFB, S. C.
August 1990 — March 1991, Commander, Det 3, 1690 Weather Squadron, 354th Provisional Wing,
King Fahd Airfield, Saudi Arabia
April 1991 — June 1992, Wing Weather Officer, 354th Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach AFB, S. C.
July 1992 — July 1995, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies and Executive Officer, AFROTC Det 765, The
Citadel, Charleston, S. C.
August 1995 — October 1995, student, Undergraduate Space and Missile Training, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
November 1995 — May 1997, crew commander and flight commander, 1st Command and Control Squadron,
Cheyenne Mountain AS, Colo.
June 1997 — July 1998, Executive Officer 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colo.
August 1998 — June 2000, Operations Officer, 20th Space Surveillance Squadron, Eglin AFB, Fla.
July 2000 — June 2001, student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
July 2001 — May 2004, Staff Officer and Executive Officer, NATO HQ AIRNORTH, Ramstein AB, Germany
May 2004 — May 2005, Commander, 12th Space Warning Squadron, Thule AB, Greenland
May 2005 – June 2006, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
June 2006 – April 2008, Deputy Commander, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colo.
April 2008 – Present, Chief, Plans Division, HQ Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
Senior Space Badge
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS:
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor device and three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device
Southwest Asia Service Medal with device
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short
Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long
Kuwait Liberation Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION:
(Current as of July 2006)
May 14, 1987
Aug. 31, 1989
Aug. 31, 1991
March 1, 1999
March 1, 2003
July 1, 2008