A new “vice commander of Air Force Space Command" would be based in the Washington, D.C. area — not in Colorado Springs. WASHINGTON — Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has notified the . The United States Space Command (USSPACECOM) was a Unified Combatant Command of the United States Department of Defense, created in 1985 to coordinate the use of outer space by the United States Armed Forces. The Commander in Chief of U.S. Space Command (CINCUSSPACECOM) also functioned as the Commander in Chief of the binational U.S . Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson, Air Force Space Command vice commander, speaks after being promoted during a ceremony in the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., April 4, 2018.. Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson assumed the newly-created Air Force Space Command Vice Commander position on April 4, after pinning on his third star. In this new Pentagon-based role, Thompson will report directly to Gen. Jay Raymond, AFSPC commander, while coordinating with Headquarters U.S. Air Force. The vice commander of Air Force Space Command is the recipient of the 2006 Gen. Thomas D. White U.S. Air Force Space Trophy. Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz received the award Nov. 17 during the Air Force Association's National Symposium on Space and Air Force Ball,. Lt Gen Michael J. Basla is Vice Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He assists the commander in organizing, equipping, training, and maintaining mission-ready space, cyberspace and missile forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands .