The US Space Force’s third and final field command will begin operations on August 23. The previous two field commands are Space Operations Command, which was activated last year at Peterson Space Force Base, and Space Systems Command, opened on August 13 at the LA Air Force Base in California.
Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Space Training and Readiness Command (STAR Command, or STARCOM) will be in charge of training and recruiting military and civilian personnel for Space Force duties.
Grig. Gen. Shawn Bratton has been appointed to lead the new STARCOM facilities after spending the past year leading planning for STARCOM. Bratton hails from the National Guard Bureau and previously held the position of deputy director of operations of US Space Command.
An inauguration ceremony will be held on August 24; Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, the chief of space operations of the US Space Force, will be “cutting the ribbon” at the event.
Established in December 2019 by former President Donald Trump’s administration, the US Space Force is an independent branch of the US military stemming from the US Air Force. It’s tasked with defending the US’ military satellites and ground stations responsible for military communications, satellite imagery, and missile detection from hostile parties. The Space Force also operates the systems that feed data to the GPS in your phone.
The rise of smartphones and ubiquitous internet have transformed the nature of warfare, and the US Space Force is specifically designed to keep the US military’s lines of communication and observation safe and active at all times.
At the opening ceremony for the Space Systems Command on August 13, Lt. Gen. Michael Guetlein had this to say about the evolving nature of warfare and the US Space Force’s role in protecting US sovereignty: “In 10 years, warfighting as we know it will have changed drastically and we must be postured and empowered to keep pace with this change.