U.S. Air Force Secretary Adds New Deputy Chief of Staff For Space Operations Position

By  //  June 18, 2017

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Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein prepare to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee June 6 in Washington. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash image)

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said she approved the order Friday setting up a new deputy chief of staff for space operations position on the Air Staff of the Air Force, with a goal of making the office operational by Aug. 1.

It’s a move intended to help “integrate, normalize, and elevate space” within the service, Wilson said, speaking at a conference here hosted by Jacques & Associates’ FiscalTrak and the Air Force Association’s Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

The creation of the three-star position — known as the A-11 position on the Air Staff — was first announced in April at Space Foundation’s Space Symposium, but wasn’t made official until Friday. The three-star position will oversee space operations and requirements for warfighters, as well as serving as a space advocate at the Pentagon, according to the Air Force.

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Wilson said there were “a few more steps to take” before she could name which Air Force general will fill the new post.

“We will be announcing within the next couple of weeks,” she said.

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