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Gen. John Raymond Becomes Air Force Space Command Chief

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Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, former deputy chief of staff for operations at the U.S. Air Force, has succeeded Gen. John Hyten as leader of Air Force Space Command during a ceremony held Tuesday at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein presided over the ceremony and commended Hyten’s vision for the space and cyber domains, the Air Force said Thursday.

“General Hyten is nothing short of a pioneer, much like Hap Arnold, Chuck Horner, and Bernie Schriever – leaders with extraterrestrial vision,” Goldfein said.

Raymond said he will work to Hyten’s vision of advancement in the Air Force’s space and cyber capabilities.

For his most recent role, he oversaw operational policy for air, space and cyber for the Air Force secretary and chief of staff in Washington, D.C.

Raymond is a former commander of the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, the 14th Air Force and Joint Functional Component Command for space.

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