Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Purdy, Jr., is Commander, Space Launch Delta 45 and Director, Eastern Range, Patrick Space Force Base, Florida.
Brig. Gen. Purdy is responsible for more than 15,000 military, Defense Department civilian and contracted personnel. As the commander, he leads the safe and secure processing and launching of U.S. government and commercial satellites from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. Brig. Gen. Purdy is also the final approval authority for all launches on the Eastern Range, a 15-million-square-mile area that supports an average of 25 launches per year aboard Delta, Atlas, Falcon, Navy and emerging launch vehicles. In addition, he manages wing launch and range infrastructure supporting NASA, commercial and missile test missions.
Brig. Gen. Purdy entered the Air Force as a Distinguished Graduate of the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Baylor University in 1993. He has served in a variety of engineering, acquisition and policy capacities, including assignments at the Air Force Laboratory, Pentagon, Congress, Space and Missile Systems Center and Headquarters United States Space Force. He has served as an Air Force Intern, Space/Nuclear/Cyber Congressional Appropriations Liaison, Materiel Leader in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Program Manager and as the Director Special Programs, Space and Missile Systems Center. Prior to his current assignment, Brig. Gen. Purdy was dual-hatted as the Director, Requirements, Architectures and Analysis and the Director, Plans, Programs and Financial Management.