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Colonel Paul Cronin is the Staff Judge Advocate for the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC/JA), Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. He leads an office of 25 attorneys and 6 paralegal and support staff. SMC is the center of technical excellence for developing, acquiring, fielding and sustaining military space systems. The Center is responsible for research, development, acquisition and sustainment of launch, command and control capabilities, space control assets and on-orbit check-out, testing, sustainment and maintenance of military satellite constellations and other Department of Defense space systems. A NAF-equivalent, SMC supports over 5,000 people worldwide with an annual budget of $10 billion. Colonel Cronin has twice served as a Staff Judge Advocate. Colonel Cronin deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with CENTCOM-Joint Theater Support Contracting Command as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate, and to Special Operations Command-Europe as the Command Judge Advocate.

Colonel Cronin attended college at Bradley University, double-majoring in Administration of Criminal Justice and Political Science. He graduated magna cum laude in May 1995. He then attended the University of Missouri Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in May 1998. He entered active duty in the United States Air Force by direct commission on November8, 1998. Colonel Cronin attended The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School where he received his LL.M. in May 2008. He graduated on the Commandant’s List and was awarded the Ernest M. Brannon Award for Highest Standing in Government Contract and Fiscal Law.

Colonel Cronin is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of Missouri, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Court of Federal Claims.

1995 Bachelor of Arts in Administration of Criminal Justice and Political Science, Bradley University
1998 Juris Doctorate (Law), University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
1999 Aerospace Basic Course (Residence)
2002 Squadron Officer School (Residence)
2006 Air Command and Staff College (Correspondence)
2008 LL.M. in Military Law with Procurement Specialty, TJAGLCS
2012 Air War College (Correspondence)

1. November 1998 – September 2000, Chief of Claims and Chief of Civil Law and Legal Assistance, OC-ALC, Tinker AFB, OK
2. September 2000 – June 2003, Chief of Preventive Law, Chief of Adverse Actions, and Chief of Military Justice, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan
3. June 2003 – September 2004, Area Defense Counsel, Yokota AB, Japan
4. September 2004 – August 2007, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate and Chief of Civil and Operations Law, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, SC
5. August 2007 – May 2008, LL.M. Candidate, TJAGLCS, Charlottesville, VA
6. June 2008 – July 2010, Staff Judge Advocate, 754 ELSG, Maxwell-Gunter Annex,
Montgomery, AL
7. July 2010 – July 2013, Litigation Team Chief and Chief, Enterprise Sourcing Branch, AFLOA/JAQ,Joint Base Andrews, MD
8. July 2013 – September 2015, Staff Judge Advocate, 88th Air Base Wing, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
9. September 2015 – August 2016, Chief, Acquisition Law Division, Air Force Materiel Command Law Office, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH
10. August 2016 – Present, Staff Judge Advocate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

First Lieutenant 8 November 1998
Captain 8 May 1999
Major 1 September 2005
Lieutenant Colonel 1 August 2011
Colonel 1 October 2016

(Current as of October 2016)