Col. Sarah S. Babbitt is the Vice Commander, Space Base Delta 1, headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base, Colo. She leads a 2,500 member team providing Base Operating Support to more than 18,400 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 22 operating locations. These personnel execute critical U.S. Space Force missile warning; space domain awareness; space control; position, navigation and timing; satellite communications; electronic warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and cyberspace missions. She is also responsible for installation support for the headquarters of North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, United States Space Command, and 50 additional mission partners.
Col. Babbitt grew up in East Wenatchee, Washington, and received her commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Washington State University in 2000. She holds master’s degrees from Webster University, the U.S. Naval War College, and the National War College. A career Security Forces Officer, she served as a Flight Commander, Operations Officer and three times as a Squadron Commander. Her experience in the security forces career field ranges from law enforcement, anti-terrorism, air base defense, and contingency deployments. She is married to U.S. Air Force retired Maj. William Babbitt.
2000 - Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, Washington State University
2001 - Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2002 - Ground Defense Command Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 - Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 - Officer Cadre Academic Instructor Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2008 - Security Forces Advanced Officer Course, by correspondence
2008 - Master of Arts in Business and Organizational Security Management, Webster University
2010 - Security Forces Advanced Officer Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2011 - Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2013 - Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2020 - Master of Science in National Security Studies, National War College, Ft McNair, Va.
1. July 2000 – August 2000, Security Police Ground Combat Skills Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2. August 2000 – April 2002, Flight Commander and OIC, Training and Resources, 56th Security Forces Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
3. April 2002 – April 2003, Delta Sector Commander and Flight Commander, 8th Security Forces Squadron, Kunsan AB, South Korea
4. April 2003 – July 2005, Operations Officer, 75th Security Forces Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
5. July 2005 – July 2009, Unit Admissions Officer and Commandant of Cadets, Air Force ROTC Detachment 905, Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.
6. July 2009 – July 2011, Commander, 36th Security Forces Squadron, Andersen AFB, Guam
7. July 2011 – July 2012, Antiterrorism Exercise and Plans Officer CJ34, HQ USFK, Seoul, South Korea
8. July 2012 – June 2013, Student, College of Naval Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
9. July 2013 – July 2015, Commander, 7th Security Forces Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
10. July 2015 – July 2017, Commander, 18th Security Forces Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan
11. July 2017 – April 2018, Action Officer, Northeast Asia Division Joint Staff, J-5, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. April 2018 – April 2019, Executive Assistant to the J-5 Chief of Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. April 2019 – August 2019, Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
14. August 2019 – June 2020, Student, National War College, Ft McNair, Va.
15. June 2020 – July 2021, Deputy Director, Commander’s Action Group, HQ USCENTOM, MacDill AFB, Fla.
16. July 2021 – May 2022, Chief, Operations and Training Division, Security Forces Directorate, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
17. May 2022 – Present, Vice Commander, Space Base Delta 1, Peterson SFB, Colo.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor Device
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTIONS
Second Lieutenant May 5, 2000
First Lieutenant May 5, 2002
Captain May 5, 2004
Major April 1, 2010
Lieutenant Colonel Aug. 1, 2015
Colonel Aug. 1, 2021