by Maj. Larry van der Oord
14th Air Force Public Affairs
11/14/2013 - VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two
senior officials from the Joint Functional Component Command for Space
staff at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., were designated associate
fellows by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Nov.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Timothy Coffin, JFCC SPACE deputy commander, and
James Rendleman, supervising attorney-advisor on operations, space and
international law for JFCC SPACE, were two of 165 associate fellows in
the AIAA class of 2014.
The AIAA is the world's largest technical society dedicated to the
aerospace profession. Created in 1963 by the merger of the two great
aerospace societies of the day, the American Rocket Society and the
Institute of the Aerospace Sciences, the AIAA carries forth a tradition
of more than 80 years of aerospace leadership.
"The individuals comprising this year's class of associate fellows
represent outstanding achievement and leadership in the international
aerospace community. Each can be very proud of their accomplishments,
and their admittance to the rank," said Mike Griffin, AIAA president.
"Their creativity, ingenuity and relentless pursuit of excellence have
ignited the spark of progress within our community, and each helps make
our world better for all humanity."
To be selected for the grade of associate fellow, individuals must be an
AIAA senior member for at least 12 months prior to the deadline
nomination with at least 12 years professional experience. Additionally,
members must be recommended by a minimum of three current associate
In his current role at JFCC SPACE, Coffin works to synchronize space
operational-level planning, integration and coordination to ensure unity
of effort in support of military and national security operations, and
support to civil authorities.
"It's a great honor to be named an AIAA associate fellow, especially
while serving here at JFCC SPACE," said Coffin. "I have great
appreciation for AIAA's commitment to the advancement of aerospace
science, engineering, technology, operations and policy to benefit our
Rendleman, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, is a member of the State
Bar of California and an elected member of the International Institute
of Space Law. He has published a number of articles on space law and
policy, systems acquisition, international cooperation, command and
control, the importance of science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics, or STEM, education, and rocket propellants.
"The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics provides
wonderful opportunities for scientists, engineers and plain old space
policy wonks to improve their professionalism, expertise and stay
connected with colleagues throughout the aerospace community," said
Rendleman. "I'm very glad I've been a member all these years."