U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Guetlein has started his tenure as the National Reconnaissance Office’s deputy director. NRO said Tuesday that it held an Assumption of Command ceremony on Monday to welcome Guetlein to the agency. Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of USAF Space Command, presided over the ceremony.
The newly appointed deputy director will help Christopher Scolese, NRO’s director, manage the agency’s strategic and tactical activities. Guetlein will also command NRO efforts associated with USAF Space Command and advise on military-related matters.
He joins NRO from the Missile Defense Agency where he oversaw programs and integration on an executive level. The Senate confirmed Scolese as NRO’s director in late June.