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Robert Breland, the Space Delta 4 technical director, stands in front of several radomes located at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., May 9, 2022

Robert Breland, the Space Delta 4 technical director, stands in front of several radomes located at Buckley Space Force Base, Colo., May 9, 2022. The radomes are used by DEL 4 and other agencies to provide missile warning for the U.S. and its allies. (U.S. Space Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Mathews)

BUCKLEY SPACE FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The space operators at Space Delta 4 hold many faces, backgrounds, and mission sets. Take a look at Robert Breland, DEL 4 technical director, and you’ll find that sometimes the most vital support isn’t in uniform.

Breland hails from Jackson, Mississippi -- graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1990 after studying psychology and history. Beforehand, Breland was a part of the Air Force’s sister service, as a Russian translator in the Army. After deciding to get out of the military, he spent some time as a marriage and family therapist then as a kids-at-risk therapist before commissioning in the Air Force.

Breland isn’t a fresh face to the space mission, he’s been a strong component in supporting Air Force Space Command before it became a service. Breland hung up his uniform as a Major with his final duty as a flight commander in the 2nd Space Warning Squadron -- a profound unit in space missile warning. After coming to Buckley soon after, he became the technical director for the 460th Operations Group.

As a technical director, Breland advises senior decision makers while also providing reach-back support to those in his chain. Breland has helped process millions of dollars in development and sustainment to personnel, ensuring everything they need to complete the mission.

“One thing that stands out about Rob is how he builds relationships,” said Lt. Col. Jason McCandless, DEL 4 deputy commander. “Rob spends time connecting with people, not just to improve the mission, but because he really cares about meaningful relationships with those he works with.”

Breland insists all the credit goes to the 55+ unique individuals he oversees, explaining them as cornerstones to DEL 4’s success.

“The best thing you can do is make the folks you lead heroes,” said Breland.

Breland is steadfast in his ambitions to posture DEL 4 ahead of its near peers in space missile warning.

“It’s never a dull moment,” said Breland. “There’s so many emerging threats, ways to solve them and refining solutions; I want to be there for it.”

There is much work to be done and Breland is on the ball with his team as they continue to provide strategic defense for the United States and its allies.

"He is a tireless advocate for the weapon systems and personnel that perform this critical mission,” said McCandless. “Rob’s love for the mission and the people, along with his adventurous spirit make him a great co-worker, but more importantly he is a critical member of the DEL 4 leadership team.”

The space operators at Space Delta 4 hold many faces, backgrounds, and mission sets. Take a look at Robert Breland, DEL 4 technical director, and you’ll find that sometimes the most vital support isn’t in uniform.

Breland hails from Jackson, Mississippi -- graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1990 after studying psychology and history. Beforehand, Breland was a part of the Air Force’s sister service, as a Russian translator in the Army. After deciding to get out of the military, he spent some time as a marriage and family therapist then as a kids-at-risk therapist before commissioning in the Air Force.

Breland isn’t a fresh face to the space mission, he’s been a strong component in supporting Air Force Space Command before it became a service. Breland hung up his uniform as a Major with his final duty as a flight commander in the 2nd Space Warning Squadron -- a profound unit in space missile warning. After coming to Buckley soon after, he became the technical director for the 460th Operations Group.

As a technical director, Breland advises senior decision makers while also providing reach-back support to those in his chain. Breland has helped process millions of dollars in development and sustainment to personnel, ensuring everything they need to complete the mission.

“One thing that stands out about Rob is how he builds relationships,” said Lt. Col. Jason McCandless, DEL 4 deputy commander. “Rob spends time connecting with people, not just to improve the mission, but because he really cares about meaningful relationships with those he works with.”

Breland insists all the credit goes to the 55+ unique individuals he oversees, explaining them as cornerstones to DEL 4’s success.

“The best thing you can do is make the folks you lead heroes,” said Breland.

Breland is steadfast in his ambitions to posture DEL 4 ahead of its near peers in space missile warning.

“It’s never a dull moment,” said Breland. “There’s so many emerging threats, ways to solve them and refining solutions; I want to be there for it.”

There is much work to be done and Breland is on the ball with his team as they continue to provide strategic defense for the United States and its allies.

"He is a tireless advocate for the weapon systems and personnel that perform this critical mission,” said McCandless. “Rob’s love for the mission and the people, along with his adventurous spirit make him a great co-worker, but more importantly he is a critical member of the DEL 4 leadership team.”

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