Petersburg Press

Col. Tim Bode, Petersburg native, retires after many achievements in Air Force career

Col. Tim Bode

Col. Timothy J. Bode, son of Jerry and Carol Bode of Petersburg, retired from the U.S. Air Force on Oct. 1, 2018, after 21 years of service.
A retirement ceremony was held to honor Col. Bode at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA, on Sept. 10. Attending were family members Jerry and Carol Bode, Ted and Tammy Bode, Todd and Kelly Bode, Jim and Lois Bode, Judy Petsche, Sylvester and Shirley Stuhr, Rod and Kim Stuhr, Paul and Kris Ranslem.
Following graduation from Petersburg Public High School, Tim attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in electrical engineering, and began officer training in ROTC Detachment 465. He graduated in December 1996 as an ROTC distinguished graduate and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
During his career, Tim led the development, launch and operation of numerous military and intelligence community space programs.
After his first assignment as a payload systems engineer for a joint Air Force-NASA weather satellite program in Silver Spring, MD, Tim was reassigned to the intelligence community supporting the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, VA. During this tour, he led multiple quick-reaction signals intelligence programs following the attacks on Sept. 11, and was named the Air Force’s Intelligence Contributor of the Year.
Bode subsequently led the operation of the military’s newest infrared intelligence collection and missile warning spacecraft, was the systems engineer of the nation’s first unmanned space plane, the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, and was program director for a $1 billion classified Advanced Combat Communications system.
He rejoined the intelligence community in 2014, where he led the build, launch and on-orbit checkout of multiple classified spacecraft supporting the Department of Defense and CIA. He retired from the Air Force’s Military Satellite Communications Directorate, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Special Capabilities Division.
During his career, Tim earned a systems engineering masters degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology, attended the Defense Acquisition University’s Advanced Program Manager’s course and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and was the recipient of the Fleming Award in 2008.
Tim, Kelly, Hunter, Sydney and Morgan reside in Redondo Beach, CA. Tim is a corporate engineer for the LinQuest Corporation, where he continues to support military space capabilities for the warfighter.