Colonel Tony Meeks is the Commander and Director for the Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Leading the Munitions Directorate, he provides strategic and technical guidance to a staff of more than 800 military, civilian and contractors developing munitions and weapon effects delivery technologies. The Munitions Directorate leads the discovery, development and integration of affordable warfighting effects and weapon technologies for the Department of the Air Force. The activities of the Munitions Directorate include research on seekers, navigation and control, image processing, munitions integration, warheads, fuzing, explosives and technology assessment methodology. As a Space Force member, Col. Meeks will help implement the AFRL Commander’s vision of “One Lab, Two Services,” where the Air Force Research Lab supports both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force.
Colonel Meeks began his Air Force career as a graduate of Air Force ROTC at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla. His first assignment was Los Angeles AFB where his job was integrating space capabilities into operational combat plans and exercises. His second assignment was in Air Force Special Operations Command, continuing space integration, battle management, and command and control. After a stint teaching at Squadron Officer School, Col. Meeks transferred to the National Reconnaissance Office, working Special Programs and Legislative Affairs. Following a return to Maxwell AFB for Air Command and Staff College with a Political Affairs concentration, he worked counter-proliferation issues at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Col. Meeks worked a special program for the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence before being selected as a Materiel Leader at Los Angeles, conducting launch and sustainment for the Wideband Global SATCOM program. Selected for Senior Developmental Education, Col. Meeks returned to Maxwell where he was selected for the Air Force Chief of Staff’s Blue Horizons program. Following graduation, Col. Meeks was picked to run the Air Force Center for Strategy and Technology at Air University. As part of the Defense Innovation Initiative, Col. Meeks combined the Center for Strategy and Technology with the Air Force Wargaming Institute into a new organization called Innovation Works at Air University. Col. Meeks was selected as a Senior Materiel Leader and served as the Deputy Director for the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Remote Sensing Directorate. In 2018, Col. Meeks became the first-ever System Architect for SMC, responsible for systems of systems architecting for the entire space domain. In July 2019, Col. Meeks moved to Redstone Arsenal, Ala. as the Deputy Director for Acquisition for the Missile Defense Agency. Col. Meeks assumed command of AFRL's Munitions Directorate in July 2021.
1994 Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2000 Master of Aerospace Technology, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.
2008 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2014 Master of Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. March 1994 – June 1998, Data Masked
2. June 1998 – July 2001, Theater Battle Management, Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
3. July 2001 – September 2002, Flight Commander, Chair Advanced Technology, Squadron Officers College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Fla.
4. September 2002 – May 2004, Chair Advanced Technology, HQ Squadron Officers College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
5. May 2004 – June 2005, Special Communications Program Manager, National Reconnaissance Office, Fairfax, Va.
6. June 2005 – August 2005, Concepts Management Branch Chief, National Reconnaissance Office, Fairfax, Va.
7. August 2005 – May 2006, Architecture & Requirements Branch Chief, National Reconnaissance Office, Fairfax, Va.
8. May 2006 – September 2006, Communications Operations Group Chief of Staff, National Reconnaissance Office, Fairfax, Va.
9. September 2006 – August 2007, Legislative Liaison, National Reconnaissance Office, Fairfax, Va.
10. August 2007 – June 2008, Intermediate Development Education Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
11. June 2008 – May 2009, Senior Requirements Analyst, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.
12. May 2009 – September 2010, Military Assistant to the Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Ft Belvoir, Va.
13. September 2010 – January 2011, Chief of Current Operations, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Ft Belvoir, Va.
14. January 2011 – July 2011, Deputy Portfolio Manager, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Ft Belvoir, Va.
15. July 2011 – July 2013, Material Leader/Launch Operations and Sustainment, Space and Missile System Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
16. July 2013 – August 2014, Senior Development Education Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
17. August 2014 – May 2016, Air Force Material Command Chair/Director, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
18. May 2016- July 2019, Remote Sensing Deputy Director and Senior Materiel Leader, Space and Missile System Center, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
19. July 2019 – June 2021, Deputy Director for Acquisition, Missile Defense Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
20. June 2021 – Present, Commander/Director, Munitions Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Fla.
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with two devices
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal with device
Air Force Achievement Medal with device
(Current as of July 2021)