Colonel David M. Knight is the Vice Commander of Space Base Delta 2 at Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado.   He oversees a 1,020-member team providing Base Operating Support to more than 800 military, Department of Defense civilians and contractor personnel serving at 14 operating locations world-wide, executing critical United States Space Force Missile Warning and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions. In addition, the installation hosts 6 wings (or equivalents) and 109 tenant organizations as well as supporting over 14,000 base personnel and 98,000 retirees.

Colonel Knight entered the Air Force in May 2002 as an ROTC graduate from Miami University and has since served as a contracting officer, flight commander, operations officer, MAJCOM staff officer, Air Staff action officer, squadron commander and combatant commander special advisor.

In 2011, Colonel Knight was selected for a Ph.D. fellowship at Georgetown University where he completed his doctoral degree in American Politics. He subsequently served as the Legislative Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, as a deployed and CONUS Security Forces Squadron Commander, and as the Director of the Commander’s Action Group for U.S. Space Command.  Prior to his current position, Colonel Knight served as the Special Advisor to the Deputy Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado.


2002  Bachelor of Science in Business, Miami University, Oxford, OH
2008  Master of Science in Behavioral Science, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
2009  Squadron Officer School (in-residence), Maxwell AFB, AL
2012  Air Command and Staff College, in-residence AFIT-CI Ph.D. fellowship
2014  Doctor of Philosophy in Government, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
2021  Master of Arts in National Security Strategy, Fort McNair, Washington, DC



  1. June 2002 – June 2003, Contract Negotiator, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  2. June 2003 – August 2004, Executive Officer, 88th Security Forces Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  3. August 2004 – August 2007, Operations Officer, 569th U.S. Forces Police Squadron, Vogelweh, Germany
  4. August 2007 – November 2008, Student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright State University, OH
  5. November 2008 – December 2009, Operations Officer, 21st Security Forces Squadron, Peterson AFB, CO
  6. December 2009 – August 2011, Branch Chief, Space Security, HQ AF Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO
  7. August 2011 – July 2014, Student, CSAF Captain’s Ph.D. Fellowship, Georgetown Univ, Washington, DC
  8. July 2014 – July 2015, Commander, 879th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, Eskan Village, KSA
  9. July 2015 – May 2017, Legislative Advisor to the CSAF, HQ Air Force, The Pentagon, Washington, DC
  10. May 2017 – June 2019, Commander, 21st Security Forces Squadron, Peterson AFB, CO
  11. June 2019 – July 2020, Director, Commander’s Action Group, U.S. Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO
  12. July 2020 – June 2021, Student, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, DC
  13. June 2021 – April 2022, Director of Force Protection, U.S. Northern Command, Peterson SFB, CO
  14. April 2022 – June 2024, Special Advisor to the NORAD Deputy Commander, Peterson SFB, CO
  15. June 2024 – Present, Vice Commander, Space Base Delta 2, Buckley SFB, COolorado



  1. June 2021 – June 2024, Special Advisor to the NORAD Deputy Commander, Peterson SFB, CO, as a Colonel


Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three bronze service stars Iraq Campaign Medal
Combat Action Medal
Second Lieutenant May 29, 2002   
First Lieutenant May 29, 2004
Captain May 29, 2006
Lieutenant Colonel December 1, 2016
Colonel April 1, 2022