U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Justin R. Kandle is a member of Joint Task Force-Burnt Frost, formed in February to intercept a non-functioning reconnaissance satellite.
The objective of JTF-Burnt Frost was to shoot down the inoperative satellite and rupture the fuel tank to dissipate approximately 1,000 pounds of hydrazine.
Two U.S. naval warships successfully fired a single modified tactical standard missile at the satellite orbiting 153 miles over the Pacific Ocean traveling in space at 1,700 mph. The task force provided rapid-respond recovery and consequence management operations in case the satellite's falling debris or hazardous fuel fell to earth.
Joint Task Force-Burnt Frost comprised more than 130 members from 15 government and non-governmental agencies and members of the five branches of the U.S. military, including an inventory of aircraft, vehicles, cargo and equipment. The joint task force team consists of highly-trained experts and highly-experienced professionals ready to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment's notice to handle similar situations.
Kandle, a physician assistant with 13 years of military service, is assigned to the 30th Medical Group, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Lompoc, Calif.
He is the son of Patty J. Allery-Lane of Umatilla. The lieutenant graduated in 1991 from Newport High School and received an associate's degree in 1993 from Central Oregon Community College in Bend. He earned a master's degree in 2006 from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.