Air Force’s top space officer tapped to lead US Space Command One reason space is so important not just to the Air Force, but all military services, is that space assets enable multidomain operations that are becoming the norm in the modern warfare. By: Daniel Cebul “If deterrence fails, I am convinced … if we are up against a peer or near peer, we are going to have to fight for space superiority,” he said in September at an Air Force Association conference. “As the National Defense Strategy talks about, that’s going to require capability from multiple domains to come forward.” Raymond took command of AFSPC in 2016 following a one-year stint at the Pentagon as deputy chief of staff for operations. From January 2014 to August 2015, he served as commander of 14th Air Force and the Joint Functional Component Command for Space. Throughout his career, Raymond has held positions entrenched in space operations. After being commissioned through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program at Clemson University in 1984, some of his early jobs included acting as a Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile crew commander at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota; chief of commercial space lift operations at Peterson Air Force Base; and the Air Force’s lead programmer for space and missile forces at the Pentagon. He also commanded the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron at Royal Air Force Feltwell, England; the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California; and the 21st Space Wing at Peterson. AboutthisAuthor About Valerie Insinna Valerie Insinna is Defense News' air warfare reporter. She previously worked the Navy/congressional beats for Defense Daily, which followed almost three years as a staff writer for National Defense Magazine. Prior to that, she worked as an editorial assistant for the Tokyo Shimbun’s Washington bureau. Recommended for you Around The Web Comments Most Watched Videos Current Edition Newsletters Subscribe Got a Tip? Contact Us https://www.defensenews.com © 2019 Sightline Media Group Not A U.S. Government Publication . The United States Space Force (USSF) is the proposed space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces, which is intended to have control over military space operations.. If confirmed, Gen. John Raymond will have a dual-hat role: as commander of U.S. Space Command and his current position as head of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado..