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United States Space Forces Central

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United States Space Forces Central
Founded2 December 2022; 14 months
Country United States
Branch United States Space Force
TypeComponent field command
RoleSpace operations
Size28 personnel[1]
Part ofUnited States Central Command
HeadquartersMacDill Air Force Base, Florida
CommanderCol Christopher S. Putman
Deputy CommanderBrian Bracy[2]
Senior Enlisted LeaderCMSgt Jeffery J. Grela[3]

The United States Space Forces Central (USSPACEFOR-CENT) is the United States Space Force component field command to the United States Central Command. Headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, it plans, coordinates, supports, and conducts employment of space operations across the full range of military operations, including security cooperation, in support of the combatant command's objectives.[4][5] It was activated on 2 December 2022.[6]


Director of Space Forces, U.S. Air Forces Central

USSPACEFORINDOPAC's presence in the United States Central Command traces back to the director of space forces (DIRSPACEFOR) construct before the establishment of the Space Force. When the Space Force was still Air Force Space Command, there would be a space operations officer called the DIRSPACEFOR in every air service component command that would advise the air component commander on matters relating to space operations.[4] As such, there was a director of space forces assigned to United States Air Forces Central.[7]

List of directors of space forces

Assistant Combined Air Operations Center Director for Space and Information Warfare

  1. Brig Gen Richard E. Webber, October 2001 – March 2002

Directors of Space Forces


Initial plans for establishment of Space Force component field commands started in 2021 when then Colonel Anthony Mastalir was assigned as director of space forces at the Ninth Air Force and stand up the USSPACEFORCENT. USSPACEFORCENT was supposed to be the first Space Force component field command.[4] In November 2021, Secretary Frank Kendall III approved the creation of Space Force elements in U.S. European Command, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, but establishing those elements as component commands required Joint Chiefs of Staff approval.[19]

By May 2022, plans were changed to first establish the United States Space Forces Indo-Pacific (USSPACEFORINDOPAC) because China being the pacing threat.[20][21][22] Mastalir then returned to Vandenberg and was replaced by Colonel Christopher S. Putman as director of space forces. On 22 November 2022, USSPACEFORINDOPAC was established and Mastalir took the helm as its first commander.[23]

Prior to the establishment of USSPACEFORINDOPAC, General David D. Thompson announced that the USSPACEFORCENT would be established shortly after the establishment of USSPACEFORINDOPAC.[24][25] On 2 December 2022, USSPACEFORCENT was established. It is initially composed of 28 personnel and Putman serves as its first commander.[1]



The USSPACEFORCENT emblem has for elements:[26]

List of commanders

No. Commander Term Ref
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term Length
Christopher S. Putnam
(born c. 1970)
2 December 2022Incumbent1 year, 62 days[18]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Space Force set to establish CENTCOM-focused component". Stars and Stripes.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "CMSgt Jeffery J. Grela".
  4. ^ a b c Cohen, Rachel (11 August 2021). "Space Force planning for new component in the Middle East alongside AFCENT". Air Force Times.
  5. ^ "Space Force, COVID, and Space Launch Delta 30 – Reflecting on Col Mastalir's legacy at the". Vandenberg Space Force Base.
  6. ^ Hadley, Greg (2 November 2022). "Space Force to Establish Components for INDOPACOM, CENTCOM, Korea by End of 2022".
  7. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ "New commander takes reins of 595th Space Group". Schriever Space Force Base (Archived).
  12. ^ "Col Keith W. Balts".
  13. ^
  14. ^ "Using Space on the Battlefield". Air & Space Forces Magazine. 2 March 2018.
  15. ^
  16. ^ "ADF-Colorado hails Middleton, farewells Brig.Gen. Povak". National Reconnaissance Office.
  17. ^ "AFCENT Space Force director enlists Airmen into Space Force".
  18. ^ a b
  19. ^ Hitchens, Theresa (29 November 2021). "Space Force takes first step to establish components in commands from Europe to Asia". Breaking Defense.
  20. ^ Mahshie, Abraham (19 May 2022). "Space Force Prepares for Decision on Indo-Pacific Command Service Component". Air Force Magazine.
  21. ^ Hitchens, Theresa (20 May 2022). "Space Force, Pentagon still hashing out service's presence in theater commands". Breaking Defense.
  22. ^ Roaten, Meredith (19 May 2022). "New Space Force Service Component Targets China Threat". National Defense Magazine.
  23. ^ "Space Force Stands Up Its First Geographic Component Command, Prioritizing the Pacific". 22 November 2022.
  24. ^ Hadley, Greg (25 October 2022). "Space Force to Get New CSO, INDOPACOM Component in November, Vice Chief Says". Air Force Magazine.
  25. ^ Hadley, Greg (2 November 2022). "Space Force to Establish Components for INDOPACOM, CENTCOM, Korea by End of 2022". Air & Space Forces Magazine.
  26. ^ "Facebook".
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