Patrick Space Force, member of the command
The Space and Missile Systems Center, a long-time supplier of leading space systems for national security and defense, forms the heart of the new organization, which now includes Space Launch Delta 30, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California and Space Launch Delta 45, Patrick Space Force Base / Cape Canaveral, Florida, passing from Space Operations Command to SSC.
(LOS ANGELES AIR BASE) – The US Space Force established the second of its three Field Commands in a ceremony here on August 13, as Lt. Gen. Michael A. Guetlein took command of the Space Systems Command.
Speaking at the founding ceremony, the Chief of Space Operations for the Space Force, Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond underlined the important work that lies ahead for SSC Guardians and Airmen.
“America depends on space, and our strategic competitors are targeting space because of that dependence and the advantage that space offers,” Raymond said.
“To remain the world leader and gain this advantage, we have to go faster than our opponents. The nation, along with our allies and partners around the world, rely on this team to deliver. “
Guetlein received his third star in a promotion ceremony earlier today and as Commander of the SSC he leads around 10,000 military and civilian personnel, overseeing the acquisition lifecycle of 90% of the estates. priorities of the USSF mission, controlling 85% of the Defense Department’s roughly $ 11 billion. space investment budget.
“Space Systems Command aims to continue the culture shift from being a service provider to being a fighter and defending our way of life from, through and in space,” Guetlein said.
“Ten years from now, war as we know it will have changed dramatically and we must be positioned and empowered to keep pace with this change. We cannot let this be a nameplate change from SMC to SSC. We have to be bold and we have to tackle the threat. It is up to Space Systems Command to counter the growing threat with revolutionary capabilities. “
SPC is responsible for the development and acquisition of deadly and resilient space capabilities for combatants by identifying, prototyping, commissioning and sustaining innovative space solutions to meet the demands of the national defense strategy.
SSC functions include development testing, production, launch, in-orbit verification and maintenance of USSF space systems, as well as oversight of USSF science and technology activities.
“I am honored and honored to be charged with the responsibility of leading the Space Systems Command at this exciting time,” continued Guetlein.
“I know how capable this team and this Nation are, and I know we have only scratched the surface of our potential.”
The Space and Missile Systems Center, a long-time supplier of leading space systems for national security and defense, forms the heart of the new organization, which now includes Space Launch Delta 30, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California and Space Launch Delta 45, Patrick Space Force Base / Cape Canaveral, Fla., Passing from Space Operations Command to SSC.
SSC will also serve as the primary conduit from the Space Force to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and its subordinate units that perform space science and technology functions, including the Directorate of Space Vehicles, the Space Electro-Optics Division. , the Division of Rocket Propulsion and Space Systems. Technology Division.
This alignment strengthens the Space Force partnership and participation in the “Two Services, One Laboratory” approach which ensures that AFRL meets the needs of air and space forces without duplicating the functions that would come from an autonomous space organization.
Guetlein previously served as Deputy Director of the National Reconnaissance Office in Chantilly, Va., Where he assisted the Director in managing the strategic and tactical operations of the NRO and, as the Space Force Element Commander, managed all Air Force and Space Force personnel. and the resources allocated to that agency.
Previously, he held the position of Program Manager for Missile Defense Agency Programs and Integration. Early in his career, he was Director of the Remote Sensing Systems Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center.
As part of the creation of SSC, the 61st Air Force Base Group at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif., Is renamed Los Angeles Garrison and aligned as SSC.
No geographical displacement of personnel or units is foreseen due to the actions required to establish this command in the field.
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