Matt Anderson, Colonel, USAF, Chief Operating Officer

Matt Anderson serves as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Space Force Association.  Prior to this role, during his first year with SFA, he served as the Director of Outreach on the Executive Committee.  In this role, he oversaw the Legislative, Outreach, and Strategic Communications efforts for the organization.  

Matt also serves as an active duty Colonel in the US Air Force as the US Transportation Command Liaison Officer to US Space Command, US Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).  A command pilot with nearly 5,000 flight hours, Matt has commanded at multiple levels throughout his 24 year career and has served on a variety of Combatant Command and Major Command staffs. 


Michael Martindale, Lt Colonel (Ret.), USAF, PhD, Director, Space Education Committee 

Michael served over 27 years in the Air Force retiring in 2018.  Michael served in a variety of space and nuclear operations positions to include the US Air Force Weapons School, the Checkmate Division on the Air Staff, and on the Joint Staff, culminating his career on faculty for the Department of Military and Strategic Studies at the United State Air Force Academy. 

He holds a Master of Science in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Master of Logistics Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

Michael “Ludes” Martindale is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and the Director of the Space Education Committee for the Space Force Association.  Michael is also a group analyst with Frontier Technology Inc., delivering decision analysis technologies to Department of Defense customers. 

Dan Dant, Colonel (Ret.), USAF, Executive Committee Director

Daniel “Sphinx” Dant is the Executive Director of the Space Force Association Executive Committee. Dan is a retired USAF Colonel.

He is a graduate of the USAF Weapon School and commanded at multiple levels, culminating as the Commander, 469th Space Wing, Buckley AFB CO. Dan is married to Diana Dant and they have two beautiful daughters and two giant Mastiff dogs. They live in Northern VA.  Senior Director at L3Harris Corporate HQ. He manages the corporation’s business development for the United States Space Force. 

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