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United States Space Command commander nominated

Official portrait of Air Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, for his position as commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., taken Oct. 14, 2016.  U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash

Official portrait of Air Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, for his position as Air Force Space Command commander, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., taken Oct. 14, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFNS) --

The president has nominated to the Senate Gen John W. "Jay" Raymond as the commander of United States Space Command.

If confirmed, Raymond will lead the soon-to-be established USSPACECOM, which will focus on conducting all joint space warfighting operations and ensuring the combat readiness of global forces.

Establishing USSPACECOM is a critical step that underscores the importance of the space domain and its strategic contributions to U.S. national security. The USSPACECOM establishment will accelerate space capabilities to address the rapidly evolving threats to U.S. space systems and the importance of deterring potential adversaries from putting critical U.S. space systems at risk.

If confirmed, and upon establishment of USSPACECOM, Raymond will remain dual-hatted as Air Force Space Command commander at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Further information on the establishment of USSPACECOM will be provided when an establishment date has been determined.

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