Maj. Gen. Sandra E. Finan is the Commander, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The center is composed of a headquarters staff, the 377th Air Base Wing, and three execution directorates: the Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate and the Nuclear Technology and Interagency Directorate are at Kirtland AFB; and the ICBM Systems Directorate is at Hill AFB, Utah. The AFNWC comprises more than 3,500 Airmen at 11 locations in the U.S. and Europe and is responsible for the entire scope of nuclear weapons sustainment functions.
General Finan entered the Air National Guard in 1982 as an enlisted cryptographic equipment repairperson. She received her Air Force commission in 1985 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School. She has served in a variety of space and nuclear assignments in missile crew operations; training and evaluations; satellite command and control; and satellite operations. The general has held senior staff assignments as the Air Force Global Strike Command Inspector General and the Air Force Space Command Director of Nuclear Operations.
Her commands include a space operations squadron and missile wing. General Finan has deployed to the Combined Air Operations Center in Southwest Asia as the Director of Space Forces in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Previously, she was the Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, Office of Defense Programs, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy.