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Commander of Space Operations Command

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Commander of Space Operations Command
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Lieutenant General Stephen Whiting

since 21 October 2020
United States Space Force
Reports toChief of Space Operations
SeatPeterson Space Force Base, Colorado, U.S.
PrecursorCommander, Air Force Space Command
Formation1 September 1982
First holderJames V. Hartinger
DeputyVice Commander, Space Operations Command

The commander of Space Operations Command is a lieutenant general who leads the field command that provide space forces to the United States Space Command and supports other unified combatant commands. A senior leader in the Space Force, it is only one of three field commanders and, of which, only one of two held by a lieutenant general.

Space Operations Command (SpOC) was established by redesignating the Air Force Space Command as Space Operations Command, which was redesignated prior as Headquarters, United States Space Force to serve in transitional capacity as the new service's headquarters. The commander of SpOC, thus, can be traced back to 1 September 1982, when General James V. Hartinger served as the first commander of Space Command.[1]

Like any other three-star officer position in the U.S. Armed Forces, the commander of SpOC is nominated by the president of the United States and must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The current commander of SpOC is Lieutenant General Stephen Whiting.

List of commanders

Air Force Space Command

No. Commander[2][1] Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
James V. Hartinger
1 September 198220 July 19841 year, 323 days
Robert T. Herres
20 July 19841 October 19862 years, 73 days
3Major General
Maurice C. Padden
1 October 198629 October 19871 year, 28 days
4Lieutenant General
Donald J. Kutyna
(born 1933)
29 October 198729 March 19902 years, 151 days
5Lieutenant General
Thomas S. Moorman Jr.
29 March 199023 March 19921 year, 360 days
Donald J. Kutyna
(born 1933)
23 March 199230 June 199299 days
Chuck Horner
(born 1936)
30 June 199213 September 19942 years, 106 days
Joseph W. Ashy
(born 1940)
13 September 199426 August 19961 year, 348 days
Howell M. Estes III
(born 1941)
26 August 199614 August 19981 year, 353 days
Richard Myers
(born 1942)
14 August 199822 February 20001 year, 192 days
Ralph Eberhart
(born 1946)
22 February 200019 April 20022 years, 56 days
Lance W. Lord
(born 1946)
19 April 20021 April 20063 years, 347 days
Lieutenant General
Frank Klotz
(born 1950)
1 April 200626 June 200686 days
Kevin P. Chilton
(born 1954)
26 June 20063 October 20071 year, 99 days
Lieutenant General
Michael A. Hamel
3 October 200712 October 20079 days
C. Robert Kehler
(born 1952)
12 October 20075 January 20113 years, 85 days
William L. Shelton
(born 1954)
5 January 201115 August 20143 years, 222 days
John E. Hyten
(born 1959)
15 August 201425 October 20162 years, 71 days
John W. Raymond
(born 1962)
25 October 201620 December 20193 years, 56 days

Headquarters, United States Space Force

No. Commander Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
John W. Raymond
(born 1962)
20 December 2019[a]21 October 2020306 days

Space Operations Command

No. Commander Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Duration
1Lieutenant General
Stephen Whiting
(born 1967)
21 October 2020Incumbent2 years, 27 days

See also



  1. ^ With the creation of the Space Force, Air Force Space Command headquarters in Colorado remained working until the stand-up of Space Operations Command, serving in transitional capacity as Headquarters, United States Space Force.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Space Operations Command (USSF)".
  2. ^ "2009 Space Almanac" (PDF). Retrieved 16 January 2022.
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