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Gen. Jay Raymond Named Stratcom’s Joint Force Space Component Commander

Jay Raymond

Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force Space Command chief, has officially assumed the additional role of Joint Force Space Component commander as part of the U.S. Strategic Command’s restructuring efforts.

Raymond assumed his new position during a ceremony presided by Stratcom commander Gen. John Hyten on Dec. 1, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, the U.S. Air Force said Dec. 4.

The ceremony marked the inactivation of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space and the initial operating capability of JFSCC.

Raymond will oversee the joint space forces’ command-and-control functions as well as the management and training of the service branch’s space forces.

“We are now focused on further integrating space… on taking tried and proven methods of joint warfighting, and applying them to the space domain to ensure normalization across all mission sets,” Hyten said.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, JFSCC integration team lead, was also appointed JFSCC deputy commander and succeeded Lt. Gen. David Buck as head of the 14th Air Force.

Stratcom also designated AFSPC as Air Forces Strategic-Space to build up the warfighting role of the command’s Air Force Service Component.

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