Col. Chandler P. Atwood is the Commander of Delta 7, headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado. He leads a global enterprise of Space professionals and Airmen. Delta 7 is responsible for providing intelligence data to allow for the detection, characterization and targeting of adversary space capabilities while delivering decision-quality, space-centric Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance to joint war-fighters and interagency partners to execute the U.S. National Defense Strategy.
Col. Atwood entered the Air Force in May 2001, after graduating summa cum laude from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. A career intelligence officer, he supported fighter aircraft operations and served as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. He served as squadron director of Operations for National Geospatial Intelligence, Measurement and Signatures Intelligence and as squadron commander of National Signals Intelligence and Overhead Persistent Infrared Activities for Space Operations. Col. Atwood has deployed in support of Operations Southern Watch, Northern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Prior to assuming his current position, Col. Atwood was the Chief of the ISR Requirements and Capabilities Division, U.S. Special Operations Command Directorate of Intelligence. He oversaw requirements validation and resourcing actions in coordination with Joint Staff and interagency to provide heel-to-toe ISR capabilities to USSOC components and deployed forces. He led the development of the command's ISR Roadmap, the command's strategy for investment across the Future Years Defense Program to develop new ISR capabilities to enable special operations forces core activities across all domains.
2001 Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, The Citadel, Charleston, S.C.
2002 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2005 U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev.
2009 Master of Arts, Strategic Intelligence, American Military University, Charles Town, W.Va.
2010 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2013 Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program, Washington, D.C.
2014 National Defense Fellowship, The Washington Institute, Washington, D.C.
2014 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2018 National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
1. October 2001–May 2002, Student, Intelligence Applications Officer Course, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas
2. June 2002–June 2003, Deputy Chief, Intelligence Operations, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.
3. June 2003–June 2005, Chief, Squadron Intelligence, 55th Fighter Squadron, 20th FW, Shaw AFB, S.C.
4. June 2005–December 2005, Student, Intelligence Instructor Course, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev.
5. December 2005–November 2007, Chief, Intelligence Operations, 35th FW, Misawa Air Base, Japan
6. December 2007–August 2008, Intelligence Flight Commander, 35th FW, Misawa AB, Japan
7. August 2008–August 2009, USAF Weapons School Instructor Flight Commander, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
8. August 2009–May 2011, Director of Staff and USAF Weapons School Instructor, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nev.
9. May 2011–September 2011, Secretary of the Air Force’s Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Review Committee, Headquarters USAF Directorate of Intelligence, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
10. September 2011–July 2013, Director of Operations, Geospatial Intelligence and Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Production Squadron, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
11. July 2013–May 2014, National Defense Fellowship, The Washington Institute, Washington, D.C.
12. June 2014–July 2015, Chief, HQ Air Force Directorate of Intelligence Action Group, Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
13. July 2015–July 2017, Commander, 566th Intelligence Squadron, Buckley AFB, Colo.
14. July 2017–June 2018, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
15. July 2018–May 2020, Chief, Intelligence Capabilities and Requirements Division, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
16. July 2020–present, Commander, Delta 7, Peterson SFB, Colo.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
July 2018 – May 2020, Chief, Intelligence Capabilities and Requirements Division, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla., as a colonel
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters
AF Achievement Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with valor device
AF Organizational Excellence Award
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal
AF Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border
“Every Second Counts,” U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Weapons Review, Winter 2009
“Linking Targets to Political Objectives in Syria,” The Washington Institute, Aug. 30, 2013
“Syrian Air-Defense Capabilities and the Threat to Potential U.S. Air Operations,” The Washington Institute, May 23, 2014
“Between Not-In and All-In: U.S. Military Options in Syria,” The Washington Institute, May 2014
“Activity-Based Intelligence: Revolutionizing Military Intelligence Analysis,” Joint Forces Quarterly, 2nd Quarter 2015
EFFECTIVE DATE OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 4, 2001
First Lieutenant May 4, 2003
Captain May 4, 2005
Major June 1, 2011
Lieutenant Colonel Feb. 1, 2015
Colonel June 1, 2018
(Current as of November 2020)