Ceremony Marks Establishment of U.S. Space Command

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Space Command commander, recognized the establishment of USSPACECOM , the nation’s 11th combatant command, in a joint ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Sept. 9 2019. (Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Dennis Hoffman)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (USAF PR) —U.S. Space Command Commander Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond recognized the establishment of the nation’s 11th combatant command in a joint ceremony here today.

Following the formal establishment ceremony in the White House Rose Garden on August 29th, today’s ceremony provided an opportunity for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to hear from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. and Gen. Raymond on the importance of the USSPACECOM mission.

“The enduring mission of the Defense Department is to provide combat credible military forces that deter war, protect the nation, and respond if deterrence fails,” said Dunford. “As General Raymond and others have been saying for years, ‘we can no longer take our access to space for granted.’ Space is a contested domain. The implications to that facts effects our ability to fight and win on future battlefields. In that context, we didn’t re-establish U.S. Space Command simply to compete in space. We formed this command as a foundational element of more effective joint warfighting.”

Brig. Gen. Brook J. Leonard, U.S. Space Command chief of staff, alongside USSPACECOM service members renders the first salute to Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, U.S. Space Command commander, during the joint ceremony recognizing the nation’s 11th combatant command at Peterson Air Force Base, Sept. 9 2019. (Credit: U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Dennis Hoffman)

The USSPACECOM mission is to deter aggression and conflict, defend U.S. and allied freedom of action, deliver space combat power for the Joint/Combined force, and develop joint warfighters to advance U.S. and allied interests in, from, and through the space domain.

“We find ourselves at a strategic inflection point, where there is nothing we do as a joint force that isn’t enabled by space. Yet, simultaneously, we can no longer have the luxury of assuming space superiority,” Raymond stated as he addressed several hundred in attendance. “The mantle of responsibility that has been passed is heavy indeed. This command will have much to do with the preservation of our nation’s ability to preserve peace, assure our freedoms, and guarantee the sovereignty of the United States for future generations.”

With a first Command salute, Gen Raymond’s words were felt deep through the ranks, “Let’s get to work.”