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Space Operations Command

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Space Operations Command
Space Operations Command emblem.png
SpOC emblem
Founded21 October 2020; 364 days[1]
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeField command
Size11,000 personnel[3]
Part of
United States Space Command emblem 2019.png
U.S. Space Command[2]
HeadquartersPeterson Space Force Base, Colorado, U.S.
Commander Lt Gen Stephen N. Whiting
Vice Commander Maj Gen DeAnna M. Burt
DCG (Operations) Brig Gen Douglas Schiess, USAF[4]
DCG (Support) Brig Gen Kristin Goodwin, USAF[4]
DCG (Transformation)BGen. Kevin G. Whale, RCAF[5]
Senior Enlisted LeaderCMSgt John F. Bentivegna

Space Operations Command (SpOC) is a field command of the United States Space Force. Headquartered at Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado, it is responsible for the organization, training, equipping, command and control, and employment of space forces to support operational plans and missions for U.S. combatant commanders. It was also responsible for the Space Force's launch wings, Space Launch Delta 30 and Space Launch Delta 45, until the activation of Space Systems Command on 13 August 2021.

Space Operations Command, (formerly United States Space Force; Air Force Space Command) was established on 21 October 2020 with Lt Gen Stephen N. Whiting as the first commander. The Fourteenth Air Force that was redesignated Space Operations Command during the establishment of the Space Force was redesignated back to Fourteenth Air Force, inactivated on 21 Oct 2020, and subsequently returned to the United States Air Force. Space Operations Command West, commanded by Maj Gen John E. Shaw was newly constituted on 20 Oct 2020, and activated on 21 Oct 2020. It is a subordinate unit of Space Operations Command, serving as the headquarters and staff for United States Space Command’s (USSPACECOM) Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC).[1]


Name Function Headquarters Commander
Seal of the Combined Force Space Component Command.svg
Space Operations Command West Space warfighting operations Vandenberg Space Force Base, California Maj Gen DeAnna M. Burt
Space mission deltas
Emblem of Space Delta 2.png
Space Delta 2 Space domain awareness Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col Marc A. Brock
Emblem of Space Delta 3.png
Space Delta 3 Space electronic warfare Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col Christopher A. Fernengel
Emblem of Space Delta 4.png
Space Delta 4 Missile warning Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado Col Miguel A. Cruz
Emblem of Space Delta 5.png
Space Delta 5 Command and control Vandenberg Space Force Base, California Col Monique C. DeLauter
Emblem of Space Delta 6.png
Space Delta 6 Cyberspace operations Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Roy V. Rockwell
Emblem of Space Delta 7.png
Space Delta 7 Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col

Chandler P. Atwood

Emblem of Space Delta 8.png
Space Delta 8 Satellite communication and navigation warfare Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Matthew E. Holston
Emblem of Space Delta 9.png
Space Delta 9 Orbital warfare Schriever Space Force Base, Colorado Col Casey Beard
Garrisons and wings
Emblem of the Peterson-Schriever Garrison.svg
Peterson-Schriever Garrison Mission and medical support Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado Col Zachary S. Warakomski
Emblem of the Buckley Garrison.svg
Buckley Garrison Mission and medical support Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado Col Marcus D. Jackson


SpOC establishment ceremony.
SpOC establishment ceremony.

When the United States Space Force was established on 20 December 2019, the headquarters of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado was redesignated as Headquarters, United States Space Force. Subsequently, the AFSPC's Fourteenth Air Force in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California was temporarily redesignated as Space Operations Command (SpOC), a preliminary organizational change and was not the intended end-state organizational design.[6][7] The Space Force wrote in a congressional report that it will develop new field-level organizations and operational units.[8]

The Space Force revealed in June 2020 its plan to establish, from the staff and operational elements of the Space Force in Peterson AFB, a new Space Operations Command as one of the new service's planned three field commands. The existing SpOC located in Vandenberg AFB, commanded by U.S. Air Force Major General John E. Shaw, was planned to be renamed upon the activation of the field command.[9] Major General Stephen N. Whiting, who had been the deputy commander of Headquarters, United States Space Force, was thereafter nominated to serve as its first commander.[10]

In a ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base on 21 October 2020, the Headquarters, United States Space Force was redesignated as Space Operations Command, becoming the Space Force's first field command. Newly promoted U.S. Space Force Lieutenant General Stephen N. Whiting assumed command, highlighted his and the field command's priorities, and revealed its new emblem. The Space Operations Command, formerly Fourteenth Air Force was redesigated back to Fourteenth Air Force, and was then inactivated on the same day. Fourteenth Air Force along with its lineage was returned to the United States Air Force.[citation needed] Space Operations Command West, was constituted on 20 October 2020 and activated on 21 October 2020.

In 2021, SpOC restructured its headquarters staff by dividing it into three deputy commanding general (DCG) positions, a deputy commanding general each for operations, support, and transformation. It also organized oversight of Space Deltas 2 to 9 under the deputy commanding general (operations) by creating five mission area teams (MAT): intelligence, battle management C3, componency, combat power, and information mobility.[11]

SpOC lost command authority over three deltas in August 2021 after the activation of the Space Force's other two field commands. Space Launch Delta 30 and Space Launch Delta 45 were realigned under Space Systems Command after its activation on 13 August 2021.[12] On 23 August 2021, Space Training and Readiness Delta (Provisional) was inactivated prior to the activation of Space Training and Readiness Command.[13]

List of commanders

No. Portrait Name Term Command Chief
Took office Left office Duration
Lt Gen Stephen N. Whiting.jpg
Lieutenant General
Stephen N. Whiting
21 October 2020 Incumbent 364 days Chief Master Sergeant
John F. Bentivegna

See also


  1. ^ a b "Space Force stands up operations command in Colorado Springs". SpaceNews. 21 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "About Space Operations Command".
  3. ^ "Space Force's operational commander describes history of space as a contested domain". Space Operations Command (SpOC).
  4. ^ a b "Leadership".
  5. ^ P-S GAR Change of Command (Facebook). 28 July 2021. Event occurs at 13:00. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  6. ^ Chiles, Cody (27 December 2019). "14th Air Force Redesignated as Space Operations Command". Space Operations Command. Retrieved 1 January 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ "SpOC Fact Sheet". Space Operations Command. Retrieved 22 October 2020. These initial actions provided immediate structure for the USSF but were not intended to reflect the end-state of the new branch of Service.
  8. ^ Comprehensive Plan for the Organizational Structure of the U.S. Space Force (PDF). United States Space Force. 3 February 2020. p. 9. Retrieved 22 October 2020. Experts will continue to develop the overall field-level organizational design of the Space Force, culminating with SECAF decision on the future structure of Space Force Field Commands and operational units by May 1, 2020. To further cement the new culture and identity of the Space Force, the DAF is also reviewing potentially renaming Air Force installations to Space Force installations. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  9. ^ Kirby, Lynn (30 June 2020). "USSF field command structure reduces command layers, focuses on space warfighter needs". United States Space Force. Retrieved 22 October 2020. The staff and operations elements of USSF at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, which is also the former AFSPC, will become the headquarters SpOC. There is an existing unit at Vandenberg AFB, California, named Space Operations Command, which will be renamed upon activation of the field command SpOC. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  10. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  11. ^ "SpOC ReEngineering Explainer". DVIDS.
  12. ^ "USSF establishes 2nd Field Command, Guetlein assumes command". United States Space Force.
  13. ^ "Space Force activates Space Training and Readiness Command". United States Space Force.

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