DeKok was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, obtaining a B.A. in Mathematics. General DeKok earned a M.S. degree in Systems Management in 1979 from the Air Force Institute of Technology. He died on April 24, 2003.
In 1971 DeKok was assigned to the North American Air Defense Command. Later he would work on the Space Shuttle program. In 1987 he was assigned to the White House and in 1989 he was assigned to The Pentagon. Later he would take command of the 1st Space Wing, 2d Space Wing, and 50th Space Wing. In 1993 he was named Director of Plans of Air Force Space Command and was named Director of Operations the United States Space Command in 1995. The next year he took command of the Space and Missile Systems Center. In 2000 he was named Vice Commander of the Air Force Space Command. His retirement was effective as of April 1, 2002.
Awards he received include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Presidential Service Badge, and the Astronaut Badge.
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