|Mr. Dickman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., grew up in New Jersey and entered the Air Force in 1966 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. His career spans the space business from basic research in particle physics to command of the 45th Space Wing and Director of the Eastern Range at Cape Canaveral, FL. He served as the Air Force's Director of Space Programs, the Department of Defense Space Architect and the senior military officer at the National Reconnaissance Office. He retired from active duty in 2000 as a major general. From 2002 to 2005, he was Deputy for Military Space in the office of the Undersecretary of the Air Force.
Mr. Dickman has graduate degrees in Space Physics and Management and is a distinguished graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Naval War College.
He has received the Defense and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service award and the National Reconnaissance Office Gold Medal. He has been recognized by Union College with its Nott Medal, was the National Space Club's Astronautics Engineer of the Year, was selected as one of Space News "100 Who Made a Difference" and is a member of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the National Reconnaissance Office's Technical Advisory Group.
Bob, his wife Barbara and their son, Tad, live in Springfield, Virginia.