U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Christopher Budde, a Highland High School graduate, was named Field Grade Officer of the Year at the 412th Test Wing’s annual awards banquet on Feb. 13.
The 412th Test Wing is based at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The wing oversees base day-to-day operations and provides support for more than 10,000 military, federal civilian and contract personnel assigned to a 481-square mile installation.
The 412th Test Wing plans, conducts, analyzes, and reports on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software and components as well as modeling and simulation for the U.S. Air Force. There are three core components for this mission: flying operations, maintenance and engineering.
Budde has been commander of the 412th Communications Squadron since July 17, 2013, overseeing more than 400 employees in the squadron, who provide and protect the cyber capabilities required to deliver dominant air power.
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Budde’s previous assignment was at Scott Air Force Base as deputy chief of the Joint Cyber Center at the Transportation Command.
Budde is is the son of and Donna Budde of Highland and a graduate of University of Illinois, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He has also completed a number of Air Force officer and command training programs.
The theme this year’s awards dinner was “Back to the Future” and was held at Club Muroc.