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Lieutenant Colonel DeWitt Latimer is the commander of the 717th Air Base Squadron located in Ankara, Turkey.  The squadron is responsible for the operation of the Ankara Support Facility which provides support to the United States Embassy, the Office of Defense Cooperation-Turkey, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Center of Excellence-Defense Against Terrorism, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the George C. Marshall School, and various Department of Defense organizations and activities in the region.


Lt Col Latimer was commissioned in the Air Force in February 2003, after completing Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base (AFB), Alabama.  He has served at multiple leadership positions in software and systems engineering for the space and missile defense mission areas.  Prior to his current position, Lt Col Latimer was the Deputy Chief of the Decision Analysis Division at United States Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Nebraska.


In 2014, Lt Col Latimer deployed as a Plans Staff Officer with NATO at the Headquarters of the Kosovo Force, at Camp Film City in Pristina, Kosovo.  Previously, he was deployed as an operations analyst to the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in Southwest Asia.  Before to joining the Air Force, Lt Col Latimer served as a civilian in the Department of Commerce and was a researcher at a private university.



1997, Bachelor of Science, Math/Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, Pa.

2001, Master of Science, Robotics, CMU, Pittsburgh, Pa.

2002, Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, CMU, Pittsburgh, Pa.

2003, Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2008, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

2009, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2012, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence

2016, Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Joint Forces Staff College, Fort McNair, Va.



February 2003 – April 2004, Program Analyst, Space-Based Radar Joint Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.

April 2004 – August 2006, Software Engineering Branch Chief, Space Radar Integrated Program Office, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.

August 2006 – March 2008, Software Engineering PhD Student, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.

March 2008 – November 2009, Requirements Branch Chief, National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Chantilly, Va.

November 2009 – April 2012, Deputy Enterprise Systems Engineer for Special Communications, NRO, Chantilly, Va.

April 2012 – August 2015, Innovation & Analysis Branch Chief, Warrior Preparation Center, Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Germany

August 2015 – December 2015, Modeling and Simulation Branch Chief, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt AFB, Neb.

December 2015 – July 2018, Deputy Chief, Decision Analysis Division, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb.

July 2018 – Present, Commander, 717th Air Base Squadron, Ankara, Turkey



August 2015 – July 2018, Deputy Chief, Decision Analysis Division, USSTRATCOM, Offutt AFB, Neb., as a Lieutenant Colonel



Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Meritorious Service Medal

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Joint Service Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster



2005, Professional Software Engineering Master Certification, Computer Society

2008, Certified Systems Engineering Professional, International Council on Systems Engineering

2012, National Reconnaissance Office Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze



Senior Member, Institute for Electronics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Society

Senior Member, Association for Computing Machinery

Member, International Council on Systems Engineering

Member, Air Force Association



Second Lieutenant February 21, 2003

First Lieutenant February 21, 2005

Captain February 21, 2007

Major January 1, 2013

Lieutenant Colonel January 1, 2018


(Current as of Jul 2018)