Gen. (USAF, Ret) Lance W. Lord is the chairman and chief executive officer of L2 Aerospace. Prior to this, Lord served as chief executive officer of Astrotech Space Operations where he led the execution of expanding core services from spacecraft processing support to a comprehensive line of end-to-end mission assurance services. Lord served 37 years in the U.S. military, most recently as the commander, U.S. Air Force Space Command. In this position, he oversaw a global network of satellite command-and-control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities to ensure the combat readiness of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile force. In his career, he also led more than 39,000 personnel who provided combat capabilities for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command. Lord holds a bachelor's degree in education from Otterbein College and a master's degree in industrial management from the University of North Dakota. He was a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.