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Ceremony celebrates new space-related command at Vandenberg AFB

Posted at 4:43 PM, Oct 01, 2019

A new space command has been established at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

The Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) is tasked with planning, directing, monitoring, and assessing the execution of space operations.

It falls under the umbrella of the U.S. Space Command, which was formally established in August.

President Donald Trump named Gen. John W. Raymond the Commander of Space Command, and Raymond appointed Maj. Gen. Stephen N. Whiting to lead CFSCC at Vandenberg.

Raymond presided over a ceremony at Vandenberg Tuesday morning celebrating the establishment of the CFSCC.

The Air Force says the CFSCC will provide satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, space electronic warfare, navigation warfare, and other space capabilities. It will also work closely with coalition partners in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

The CFSCC at Vandenberg is one of four space operations centers under Space Command. The other centers are located at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station in Colorado, Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado, and Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Space Command was created to focus specifically on space defense. It is different from Space Force, which has not yet been established and needs the approval of Congress because it would be a new branch of the military.