General John Raymond Nominated to Lead U.S. Space Command

Gen. John Raymond, commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, was nominated by President Trump to serve in the same position at the U.S. Space Command. Once confirmed, Raymond will help the command carry out joint space war fighting missions and maintain combat readiness as part of his new role, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.

Previously, Raymond served as the deputy chief of staff for operations at the Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C. He also served as a commander at the 30th Operations Group at Vanderberg Air Force Base, the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron at the Royal Air Force Feltwell in England and the 14th USAF and U.S. Strategic Command Joint Functional Component Command for Space.

In addition, he supported the Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom operations as the director of space forces. Raymond will retain his duties as the commander of AFSC upon his confirmation.

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