Adm. Charles Richard of the U.S. Navy has assumed leadership of U.S. Strategic Command at a ceremony that took place Monday. Richard, USSTRATCOM's former deputy commander, succeeds Gen. John Hyten, who will go on to serve as Joint Chiefs of Staff's vice chairman, the command said Monday.
The change of command marks Richard's third time to fill a position in USSTRATCOM. The new USTRATCOM leader's former roles include commander work with Submarine Force Atlantic and Naval Station Norfolk's Allied Submarine Command. He advised NATO commanders on submarine-related topics during his time commanding Allied Submarine Command.
“After serving alongside Admiral Richard, I cannot think of anyone more qualified to lead this command,” said Hyten said.