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Space Operations Command

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Space Operations Command
Emblem of the Space Operations Command.png
Emblem of the Space Operations Command
Founded21 October 2020; 4 days[1]
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeField command
Part of
United States Space Command emblem 2019.png
U.S. Space Command[3]
HeadquartersPeterson Air Force Base, Colorado, U.S.
Commander Lt Gen Stephen N. Whiting[4]
Command ChiefCCM John F. Bentivegna

Space Operations Command (SpOC) is a field command of the United States Space Force. Headquartered at Peterson Air 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 is also responsible for the Space Force's launch wings, 30th Space Wing and 45th Space Wing until the activation of the Space Systems Command.

The Space Operations 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, commanded by Maj Gen John E. Shaw, was redesignated again as Space Operations Command West. It is now a subordinate command of the new field command, serving as the headquarters and staff for United States Space Command’s (USSPACECOM) Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC).[5]



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. Subsquently, the AFSPC's Fourteenth Air Force in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California was temporarily redesignated the U.S. Air Force's as Space Operations Command (SpOC), a preliminary organizational change and was not the intended end-state organizational design.[7][8] The Space Force wrote in a congressional report that it will develop new field-level organizations and operational units.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

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 previous Space Operations Command, redesignated from Fourteenth Air Force, was inactivated and became Space Operations Command West, assuming the space lineage of the Fourteenth Air Force.[12]

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 4 days Chief Master Sergeant
John F. Bentivegna

See also


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  7. ^ Chiles, Cody (27 December 2019). "14th Air Force Redesignated as Space Operations Command". Space Operations Command. Retrieved 1 January 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ 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. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  10. ^ 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. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  11. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 29 July 2020. Retrieved 30 July 2020. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  12. ^ This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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