Penn promoted to major

Cornell Penn, the son-in-law of Jerry and Susan Farmer of Boise City, was commissioned a Major in the U.S. Air Force on March 31, 2005.

He is married to the former Jacque D. Farmer of Boise City. OK. and they have a son Jaelyn.

Major Cornell “Ivy-League” Penn, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Oklahoma in 1994 and commissioned a Second LT.

He attended Undergraduate Space Training at Vandenberg AFB Calif.

His first assignment was as a Minuteman-III Missile Combat Crew Commander in the. now deactivated. 321st Missile Group at Grand Forks AFB, N.D.

He then proceeded to the 4th Space Operations Squadron as a Mobile Milstar Satellite Operations Officer at Schriever AFB, Colo.

He became the third officer in 4 SOPS history to hold the crew commander, mobile operator. Extremely High Frequency operator, instructor and evaluator certifications simultaneously.

He earned his eighth “Highly Qualified” evaluation rating garnering him the AFSPC Crew Member Excellence Award.

Next he volunteered for a remote assignment executing the space warning/surveillance missions at the 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear AFS, AK. His assistance, leadership and expertise was integral to the formalization/stand-up of the 21st Space Wing's Weapons & Tactics program.


In 2003 he returned to Schriever AFB and was assigned to the 17th Test Squadron as the Assistant Space Support Flight Commander/Space Command & Control Section Chief. In 2004 he assumed command of the flight and completed Air Command and Staff College via correspondence.

He holds a Masters of Science in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota. His military decorations include the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Combat Readiness Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Air & Space Campaign Medal. He wears both the Senior Space Badge and Basic Missile Operations Badge.


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