President Trump nominated Air Force Gen. John Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, to serve as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Acting Defense Secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Patrick Shanahan announced Hyten’s nomination in a news release published Tuesday.
Hyten started his military career in 1981 and held several leadership roles with the Air Force, including head of Air Force Space Command, director of space acquisition and cyber and space operations and requirements chief at Headquarters Air Force Space Command. He commanded the 595th space group and the 50th space wing at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado and was deployed to southwest Asia in 2006 as director of space forces.
Hyten is also a recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal, among other awards.