Ellen M. Pawlikowski

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Ellen M. Pawlikowski
Ellen M. Pawlikowski.jpg
Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base
Assumed office
June 2011
President Barack Obama
Personal details
Profession United States Air Force Officer; Chemical Engineer

Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski is the Commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center of the United States' Air Force Space Command, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. Prior to that assignment, she was Commander of Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. As such she was responsible for managing the Air Force's $2.2 billion science and technology program as well as additional customer funded research and development of $2.2 billion.[1]


General Pawlikowski entered the active duty in 1978 through the ROTC program at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Doctorate of Philosophy in chemical engineering in December 1981, entering active duty at McClellan AFB, California, in April 1982. The general has served in a variety of technical management, leadership and staff positions, to include Director of the Airborne Laser Program and Director of the MILSATCOM Joint Program Office. She has served as Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. Prior to her current assignment, she was the Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, VA. Also, as the Commander, Air Force Space Command Element, she managed all Air Force personnel and resources assigned to the NRO and served as the senior adviser to the NRO Director on all military matters.[1]

Major awards and decorations[edit]

Her major awards and decorations include:

US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation ribbon.svg Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement ribbon.svg Air Force Achievement Medal

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Dates of promotion[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Air Force Link: Biography of Lieutenant General Ellen M. Pawlikowski".