Written by: Angelica Reyes
Timothy J. (TJ) Lincoln, a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, is the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office’s Mission Operations Directorate in Chantilly, VA. He is responsible for assuring national space systems operations, guidance, support, and coordination between the NRO, the Intelligence Community, and the Department of Defense. He leads a diverse team of approximately 4,000 professionals at multiple operating locations providing critical overhead reconnaissance, intelligence, communications, and situational awareness to U.S. and allied partners, military, and intelligence leaders. Lincoln entered into service as a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1989 and retired in November 2019. He performed space and missile operations duties in a variety of positions including Minuteman II and III launch operations and Milstar Satellite Command and Control. Mr. Lincoln was also assigned to Air Education and Training Command as a Milstar instructor and Operations Officer for a Missile Maintenance Training Squadron. He served at HQ Eighth Air Force as the Operations Officer for the 608th Combat Operations Squadron in the Space and Global Strike Air and Space Operations Center, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana and as OIF Strategy Plans Team Chief, CENTAF CAOC, Al Udeid AB, Qatar. He commanded the 12th Space Warning Squadron, Thule AB, Greenland, the NRO’S Network Operations Group and a NRO Space Operations Group. On his last deployment, he served as the NRO Country Lead in Afghanistan.