USSPACECOM Releases First Formal Order to Execute Multinational Space Operations

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (U.S. Space Command PR) — Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Space Command commander and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations, signed the first USSPACECOM operations order under Operation OLYMPIC DEFENDER.

OOD is a key multinational effort intended to optimize space operations, improve mission assurance, enhance resilience and synchronize U.S. efforts with some of its closest allies.

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USSPACECOM Campaign Plan, New Mission Focus on Defeating Adversaries

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo (U.S. Space Command PR) — U.S. Space Command reached a critical milestone as the Department of Defense’s 11th Combatant Command by finalizing the command’s campaign plan, which incorporates a new mission statement placing greater emphasis on preparing for, defending against and deterring threats.

The campaign plan provides guidance to USSPACECOM’s staff and components on day-to-day operations, activities and investments to achieve the command’s mission in support of DoD and national security objectives.

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Next X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle to Carry 2 NASA Experiments

X-37B after landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. (Credit: USAF)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, in partnership with the U.S. Space Force, is scheduled to launch the sixth mission of the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle (OTV-6) on May 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

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Space Force Welcomes First Academy Graduates to its Ranks

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Chief of Space Operations, administers the U.S. Space Force Oath of Office to the Eighty-Six Space Force Cadets during the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2020 graduation at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., April 18, 2020. In all, Nine-hundred-sixty-seven cadets crossed the stage to become the Air Force/Space Force’s newest second lieutenants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AFNS) — Eighty-six graduates from the United States Air Force Academy celebrated receiving their diplomas April 18 and moved directly into the U.S. Space Force, marking the first infusion of commissioned personnel into the new service since its creation last year.

Vice President Mike Pence was in attendance at the event and congratulated the entire graduating class.

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Russia Tests Direct-ascent Anti-satellite Missile

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., April 15, 2020 (U.S. Space Command PR) — U.S. Space Command is aware and tracking Russia’s direct-ascent anti-satellite (DA-ASAT) missile test April 15.

“Russia’s DA-ASAT test provides yet another example that the threats to U.S. and allied space systems are real, serious and growing,” said Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, USSPACECOM commander and U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations. “The United States is ready and committed to deterring aggression and defending the Nation, our allies and U.S. interests from hostile acts in space.”

Russia’s missile system is capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) and comes on the heels of Russia’s on-orbit testing the U.S. highlighted in February, namely COSMOS 2542 and COSMOS 2543. These satellites, which behaved similar to previous Russian satellites that exhibited characteristics of a space weapon, conducted maneuvers near a U.S. Government satellite that would be interpreted as irresponsible and potentially threatening in any other domain.

“This test is further proof of Russia’s hypocritical advocacy of outer space arms control proposals designed to restrict the capabilities of the United States while clearly having no intention of halting their counterspace weapons programs,” Raymond said. “Space is critical to all nations and our way of life. The demands on space systems continue in this time of crisis where global logistics, transportation and communication are key to defeating the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is a shared interest and responsibility of all spacefaring nations to create safe, stable and operationally sustainable conditions for space activities, including commercial, civil and national security activities,” Raymond concluded.

Russian Spacecraft Inspecting U.S. Spy Satellite

Gen. John Raymond

CNN is reporting that Russian “inspector” satellites are maneuvering near a U.S. government reconnaissance satellite.

“Last November the Russian government launched a satellite that subsequently released a second satellite,” US Space Command Commander and the Space Force’s Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond said in a statement Monday.

“These satellites have been actively maneuvering near a U.S. government satellite and behaving similar to another set of satellites that Russia deployed in 2017, and which the Russian government characterized as ‘inspector satellites.’ “

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“The purpose of the experiment is to continue work on assessing the technical condition of domestic satellites,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement at the time.

Raymond said Monday that Russia’s recent actions place the county among nations that “have turned space into a warfighting domain.”

Ceremony Marks Establishment of U.S. Space Command

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Space Command commander, recognized the establishment of USSPACECOM , the nation’s 11th combatant command, in a joint ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Sept. 9 2019. (Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (USAF PR) —U.S. Space Command Commander Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond recognized the establishment of the nation’s 11th combatant command in a joint ceremony here today.

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AIAA Applauds Creation of Space Command

RESTON, Va. (AIAA PR) – The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) applauds the establishment of the U.S. Space Command. The new combatant command prioritizes the protection of our assets and sustains our advantages in space.

AIAA Executive Director Daniel L. Dumbacher made the following statement after the official ceremony to stand up U.S. Space Command:

“Space is essential to each and every one of us. Not only is it critical to U.S. military operations, but it is vital for civilian and commercial applications as well. Perhaps no one better understands that than AIAA’s members and community. With the reality that space is a contested environment, we welcome the U.S. government’s establishment of U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) as the entity responsible for ensuring free and open access to space.

The Institute, through our DEFENSE Forum and ASCEND event, as well as technical resources, looks forward to working with General John Raymond and the Command leadership to accomplish its missions of missile warning, satellite operations, space control and space support. We look forward to working with USSPACECOM to ensure that space remains conflict free and open to all.”

New Combatant Commander Begins Organizing Space Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. (U.S. Space Command PR) —U.S. Space Command Commander General John W. “Jay” Raymond, in his first official directives, established two subordinate commands that will jointly provide support to the new Unified Combatant Command.

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Combined Force Space Component Command Established at Vandenberg AFB

Gen. John Raymond

By Maj. Cody Chiles
Combined Force Space Component Command Public Affairs

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Aug. 30, 2019 — Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, Commander, U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM), ordered the establishment of two subordinate commands to support the warfighting efforts of the command — Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC), and Joint Task Force Space Defense (JTF-SD), immediately following the establishment of USSPACECOM Aug. 29, 2019.

Raymond appointed Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting as CFSCC Commander, and Brig. Gen. Matthew W. Davidson as the Deputy Commander; with a mission to plan, integrate, conduct, and assess global space operations in order to deliver combat relevant space capabilities to Combatant Commanders, Coalition partners, the Joint Force, and the Nation.

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Raymond Nominated to Head New US Space Command

Gen. John Raymond

PETERSON AIR FORE BASE, Colo. (USAF PR) — The President has nominated to the Senate Gen John W. “Jay” Raymond as the Commander, United States Space Command (USSPACECOM).

If confirmed, Raymond will lead the soon-to-be established USSPACECOM, which will focus on conducting all joint space warfighting operations, and ensuring the combat readiness of global forces.

Establishing USSPACECOM is a critical step that underscores the importance of the space domain and its strategic contributions to U.S. national security. The USSPACECOM establishment will accelerate our space capabilities to address the rapidly evolving threats to U.S. space systems, and the importance of deterring potential adversaries from putting critical U.S. space systems at risk.

If confirmed, and upon establishment of USSPACECOM, Raymond will remain dual-hatted as Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, CO.

Further information on the establishment of USSPACECOM will be provided when an establishment date has been determined.











USAF Space Command General Backs Reusable Rockets

Gen. John Raymond

The head of U.S. Air Force Space Command said he is “completely committed” to eventually using previously flown rockets to launch military payloads.

It would be “absolutely foolish” not to begin using pre-flown rockets, which bring such significant savings that they’ll soon be commonplace for the entire industry, General John W. “Jay” Raymond said in an interview Monday at Bloomberg headquarters in New York.

“The market’s going to go that way. We’d be dumb not to,” he said. “What we have to do is make sure we do it smartly.”

The Air Force won’t be able to use the recycled boosters until they’re certified for military use, a process that Raymond suggested may already be in the works.

“The folks out at Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles that work for me would be in those dialogues,” he said, declining to specify when certification could take place. “I don’t know how far down the road we’ve gotten, but I am completely committed to launching on a reused rocket, a previously flown rocket, and making sure that we have the processes in place to be able to make sure that we can do that safely.”

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Defense Leaders Testify on Space Posture

Gen. John Raymond, the Air Force Space Command commander, testifies with Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces May 17, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Sharing the panel with them were Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, the Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Cristina Chapin, the General Accounting Office director of acquisition and sourcing management. The committee examined military space organization, policy, and programs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

By Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson,
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (AFNS) —

On May 17, 2017, Air Force senior leaders testified before the Senate Armed Service Committee Strategic Forces subcommittee on military space, organization, policy and programs.
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Raymond Takes Over U.S. Air Force Space Command

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the guidon of Air Force Space Command, to Gen. John Raymond at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton) Mrs. Laura Hyten, wife of Gen. John Hyten, receives flowers as a thank you from the Airmen of Air Force Space Command during the AFSPC change of command ceremony Oct. 25, 2016, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The Hytens are moving to Offut Air Force Base, Neb., where the general will become the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton) 2 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Mrs. Laura Hyten, wife of Gen. John Hyten, receives flowers as a thank you from the Airmen of Air Force Space Command during the AFSPC change of command ceremony Oct. 25, 2016, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The Hytens are moving to Offut Air Force Base, Neb., where the general will become the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton) Gen. John Raymond takes questions from the media during his first press conference as commander of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 3 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond takes questions from the media during his first press conference as commander of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Gen. John Raymond prepares to address the media after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 4 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond prepares to address the media after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Tech. Sgt. William Marx, 21st Operations Support Squadron, salutes as the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony begins, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. John Raymond, previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force, took charge of AFSPC during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 5 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Tech. Sgt. William Marx, 21st Operations Support Squadron, salutes as the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony begins, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. John Raymond, previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force, took charge of AFSPC during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Gen. John Raymond speaks with Airmen shortly after taking charge of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) 6 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond speaks with Airmen shortly after taking charge of Air Force Space Command, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the Air Force Space Command guidon to Gen. John Raymond Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 7 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the Air Force Space Command guidon to Gen. John Raymond Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Left, Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, and Gen. John Raymond salute during the National Anthem, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond took command of AFSPC minutes later. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 8 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Left, Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, and Gen. John Raymond salute during the National Anthem, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Raymond took command of AFSPC minutes later. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks during the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Minutes later, Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 9 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks during the Air Force Space Command change of command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Minutes later, Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Gen. John Raymond addresses audience members moments after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) 10 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Gen. John Raymond addresses audience members moments after taking charge of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. David Salanitri) Right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, claps with (left) Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein minutes after Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) 11 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS Right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, claps with (left) Air Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein minutes after Gen. John Raymond took command of AFSPC, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Gen. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) From right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, takes in the moment as Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein looks on minutes before Goldfein passes command of AFSPC to Gen. John Raymond, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman) 12 of 12 DOWNLOAD HI-RES / PHOTO DETAILS From right, Gen. John Hyten, outgoing commander of Air Force Space Command, takes in the moment as Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein looks on minutes before Goldfein passes command of AFSPC to Gen. John Raymond, Oct. 25, 2016 at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Airman 1st Class Dennis Hoffman)
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein passes the guidon of Air Force Space Command, to Gen. John Raymond at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Oct. 25, 2016. Raymond was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Craig Denton)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (USAF PR) – Gen. John W. Raymond replaced Gen. John E. Hyten as commander of U.S. Air Force Space Command during a ceremony here today.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein presided over the change of command ceremony.

Hyten is headed to Offutt AFB, Neb. to lead U.S. Strategic Command.

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