Air Force Capt. Roland Rainey Jr. is slated to take command of the 614th Air and Space Operations Center, Detachment One, at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren on July 11.
Rainey will become the unit's second commanding officer when he relieves Maj. Jason D'Alessio, who has led the detachment since it was activated in April 2010.
Rainey entered the Air Force in 1993 as an enlisted personnel specialist. He was named a distinguished graduate and recipient of the John L. Levitow Award at the Airman Leadership School at Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB), S.D., and subsequently received his commission through the ROTC program at Colorado State University in 2003. During his career, Rainey has served in a variety of space and missile assignments, missile crew operations, space and missiles evaluations and satellite operations.
His commands have included both missile and space operations flights. Rainey deployed to Thumrait AB, Oman, in support of Operation Desert Fox in Southwest Asia, and subsequently was assigned as senior crew evaluator for the Global Positioning System, 50th Operations Group, 50th Space Wing, at Schriever AFB, Colo.
Rainey reports to Dahlgren from Schriever AFB where he continued with the 50th Operations Group as chief of the Evaluations Branch. He was responsible for Air Force Space Command's largest evaluations corps consisting of 40 evaluators, and advising the group commander and eight squadron commanders on space training and evaluation requirements. He ensured the proficiency of more than 550 space operators in support of more than 150 communications, navigation and surveillance satellites with their associated systems valued at more than $46 billion.
Rainey holds a bachelor's degree in human development from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., and a master's degree in international relations and global studies from Troy University in Great Falls, Mont.
His military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Air and Space Campaign Medal and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with seven oak leaf clusters.