US Space Command to House Two Commands at Colorado, California

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Space Command is set to locate its two major command units at U.S. Air Force bases in Colorado and California, Space News reported Sunday. The command's Joint Task Force Space Defense unit will be stationed at the Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado and is assigned to defend military satellites. 

Led by Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the Combined Forces Space Component Command will be housed at the Vanderberg Air Force Base and will provide military commanders with satellite communications, missile warnings, space-based data and GPS-based navigation services.

CSpOC's workforce will consist of 450 airmen with 50 staff members coming from the U.S. Navy and Army. The Navy's personnel will accommodate narrow band satellite communications, while the Army will deliver electronic warfare, missile warning and wideband satcom expertise.

Aside from the two AFBs, an Air Force memo noted that the U.S. Space Command may house its combatant command at Cheyenne Mountain AFB, Peterson AFB, Buckley AFB or at the Army's Redstone Arsenal facility.

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