United States Space Force Lt. Colonel Phillip Dobberfuhl will speak about his experiences with the country’s newest branch of the military in a presentation Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. at Veterans’ Hall at the Barron Library, 10 North 3rd Street.

The U.S. Space Force was established Dec. 20, 2019, when the National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law (with bi-partisan support), creating the first new branch of the armed services in 73 years. The establishment of the USSF resulted from widespread recognition that Space was a national security imperative. When combined with the growing threat posed by near-peer competitors in space, it became clear there was a need for a military service focused solely on pursuing superiority in the space domain.

Lieutenant Colonel Dobberfuhl, a graduate of Barron High School, is one of the first members of Space Force. “We are familiar with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard but our knowledge of Space Force is more limited. Why do we need it? What does it do? Where are its operations? How does a new branch of the military get organized?”

Lieutenant Colonel Dobberfuhl, a graduate of Barron High School, is one of the first members of the Space Force. He is currently Chief of Capability Development, International Affairs, Space Systems Command, where he builds cooperative agreements covering the space domain with allies and partners of the Unites States.

Lt. Col Dobberfuhl just returned to the United States after nearly a decade serving overseas. He had several interesting assignments including working in the US Embassy in Tokyo under former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy in the Obama administration and then under Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) in the Trump Administration. He answered directly to the Ambassador, who communicated directly with the President – a very short chain of command.

He has interesting insights on how the 600 people in the embassy responded to the change in focus by the two different administrations. He can speak about our trade relationships with Japan and the impact that international relations have on us, and, on a more personal note, what it was like to work for Ambassador Kennedy and Senator Hagerty.

Dobberfuhl is the son of Mark and Gloria Dobberfuhl of Barron, and is currently stationed in Los Angeles, Calif., where he lives with his wife. They have four adult children.