STARCOM Launches as Space Force’s Final Field Command; Gen. John Raymond Quoted

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The Department of the Air Force officially launched the U.S. Space Force’s final field command during a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Monday.

Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Shawn Bratton assumed leadership of Space Training and Readiness Command after Frank Kendall, secretary of the Air Force and a three-time Wash100 awardee, approved STARCOM’s organizational structure on Aug. 13, the Space Force said Monday.

“The stand-up of STARCOM is a critical step in aligning education, training, and test and evaluation units under one command, in support of the nation’s newest military Service,” said Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, chief of space operations and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner.

“With our three field commands and commanders now in place, we continue to transition from inventing the force to integrating it, with a targeted focus on developing combat-ready space forces and delivering critical space warfighting capabilities to joint and coalition forces,” added Raymond.

Col. Todd Moore will elevate to the rank of brigadier general in September and serve as deputy commander of STARCOM. Chief Master Sgt. James Seballes will serve as the new field command’s senior enlisted leader.

STARCOM will be composed of five subordinate deltas. Space Delta 1 will focus on training, Delta 10 on doctrine and wargaming, Delta 11 on range and aggressor, Delta 12 on test and evaluation and Delta 13 on education.

Delta 1 will operate at Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The locations of the new command’s headquarters and the other four deltas have yet to be determined.

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