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New Air Force leader to bring space warfighting focus to the Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Next week, Maj. Gen. David Thompson will take up the newly created position of vice commander of Air Force Space Command and pin on his third star. For Air Force Chief of Staff Dave Goldfein, that means the service will, for the first time, have a uniformed leader based in the Pentagon purely dedicated to promoting military space operations. That role is necessary in part because of the huge number of responsibilities held by AFSPC head Gen. Jay Raymond, who also is U.S. Strategic Command’s joint functional component commander for space, Goldfein said during a March 29 roundtable. “At last count, I think he had 31 [or] 32 trips to Washington DC since January,” Goldfein said of Raymond. “I really need him focused on ... running his command, and he needs time to do that. So having his vice commander forward to be able to take on a lot of that responsibility is g...

Full article: https://www.defensenews.com/space/2018/03/30/new-air-forc...

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