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Release: Department of Defense Establishes U.S. Space Command

President Donald J. Trump hosts a White House ceremony on the establishment of the U.S. Space Command, with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, and the incoming commander of U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2019.

President Donald J. Trump hosts a White House ceremony on the establishment of the U.S. Space Command, with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, and the incoming commander of U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2019.

The incoming commander of U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, speaks at the White House ceremony on the establishment of the U.S. Space Command, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2019.

The incoming commander of U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, speaks at the White House ceremony on the establishment of the U.S. Space Command, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2019.

The flag of the U.S. Space Command is unfurled at the White House in a presentation with President Donald J. Trump, the incoming commander of U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, and Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Roger Towberman, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2019.

The flag of the U.S. Space Command is unfurled at the White House in a presentation with President Donald J. Trump, the incoming commander of U.S. Space Command, Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper, and Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Roger Towberman, Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2019.

August 29, 2019

 

WASHINGTON-- At the direction of the President of the United States, Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper established U.S. Space Command (USSPACECOM) today as the eleventh Unified Combatant Command.  Gen. John W. Raymond is its Senate confirmed commander.

“To ensure the protection of America’s interests in space we must apply the necessary focus, energy, and resources to the task – and that is exactly what Space Command will do,” said Secretary Esper. “Gen. Raymond is acutely aware of the vital role that space plays in U.S. national security and our way of life and is an ideal choice to lead this new command. Establishing the United States Space Command as a unified combatant command is the next critical step towards the creation of an independent Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces.”

“Assured access to space is vital across the full range of military operations,” said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. “This step puts us on a path to maintain a competitive advantage in this critical war fighting domain.”

From establishment, Gen. Raymond will remain dual-hatted as Commander, U.S. Space Command, and Commander, Air Force Space Command. 

 

More information can be found at https://www.spacecom.mil.

 

 

Check out this video discussing the command's mission and highlighting the foundational differences between a military branch and a combatant command.


 

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