L2 Aerospace was founded in 2010 by General (Ret.) Lance Lord, former commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSC) and CEO of ASTROTECH Space Operations.
While with AFSC at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, General Lord was responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of Air Force space and missile weapon systems. Overseeing a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities to ensure the combat readiness of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile force, he led more than 39,700 personnel who provided combat capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command.
General Lord was the recipient of several prestigious military decorations throughout his 37-year military career – including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. General Lord retired from the Air Force in 2006.
General Lord is a member of the President’s Space-Based Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board; a Senior Associate of the Four Star Group; a Senior Defense Advisor to Powerwave, Inc; a member of the Iridium Corporation’s Government Advisory Board; a member of the board of advisors for the Challenger Learning Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and President of the Association of Air Force Missileers.
Mr. Brinkley retired in December 2012 from G4S Government Services (G4S GS) after serving as the Senior Vice President (SVP), International Operations, and overseeing all international and domestic operations assigned to G4S GS’s National Capital Region office. Simultaneously, he served as President, Armour Group North America (AGNA) and Ronco Consulting Company (RONCO), two wholly owned subsidiaries of G4S GS. In the capacities of SVP and President, AGNA and RONCO, he was responsible for $250 million in annual revenue and over 2500 personnel, both international and domestic.
In 1991, Mr. Brinkley retired after 20 years as a Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps infantry officer, who commanded at the platoon through battalion levels with additional wide-ranging staff and training assignments. His personal awards include: Bronze Star; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (2); Navy Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2); National Defense Medal (2); Vietnam Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal. He was the first recipient of the Leftwich Trophy for Outstanding Leadership, awarded annually to a Marine Captain serving as a company or battery commander on active duty in the Fleet Marine Force.
Mr. Royston brings more than 20 years of industry senior management experience to L2 Aerospace. Prior to joining L2, Mr. Royston served as the President of Astrotech Corporation and SPACEHAB, a publicly traded commercial aerospace company that provides spacecraft payload processing and government services, designs and manufactures space hardware, and commercializes space technologies for Earth-based applications.
Mr. Royston previously served as Director of the Information Management Project Office for United Space Alliance at KSC, the KSC Operations Director for Orbital Sciences Hubble Space Telescope Program, and he also served as a program manager at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Royston has owned and operated multiple successful startup companies involving systems engineering and software development supporting Fortune 500 companies around the globe.
Mr. Royston holds seven U.S. technology and software patents, and his papers have been published in multiple technical publications. Among other accolades, Mr. Royston was the recipient of NASA’s prestigious HQ Innovation award. Mr. Royston earned his B.S. in electrical engineering and mathematics from Alfred University in Alfred, New York.