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Captain David Bieger - Launch Weather Officer

Launch Weather Officer David Bieger. Capt. David Bieger
Launch Weather Officer
30th Weather Squadron
Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

U.S. Air Force Capt. David G. Bieger is the standardization, evaluation and training flight commander of the 30th Weather Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He is responsible for overseeing all squadron operational/technical training, evaluation and certification for launch, range and air weather operations. As a launch weather officer, Bieger leads a 15-person team that makes critical "go/no-go" launch decisions.

Bieger entered the military through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. His first operational assignment was as lead meteorologist, Alpha Flight, 26th Operational Weather Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. There he led a 30-person team of forecasters in a 24-hour weather operations center responsible for providing weather information for 60 Air Force and Army installations within a seven-state, 620,000-square-mile region of the south central portion of the country. Bieger managed a $2.5-million operational production system used for creating regional-scale, site-specific and flight weather products for operational shaping, planning and execution of diverse mission profiles and protection of billions of dollars of military assets within the country's infamous "Tornado Alley."

He was assigned to the 30th Weather Squadron in July 2004 as chief of range systems requirements. In this role, Bieger was responsible for defining and establishing technical criteria for weather systems/instrumentation to support Western Range launches. Bieger's duties also included resolving technical weather issues of operational space lift and developmental ballistic missile launch systems. He directed weather software and hardware upgrades for a $57-million operations and maintenance support contract and oversaw installation and certification of Range Standardization and Automation program instrumentation.

Bieger is married to the former Virginia Ruth Primm of Shreveport, La.

Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., 2002
Bachelor of Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., 2001

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