|Born||citation needed]April 30, 1962 [|
|Service/||United States Air Force (1984–2019)|
United States Space Force (2019–present)
|Years of service||1984–present|
|Commands held||Chief of Space Operations|
United States Space Command
Air Force Space Command
Joint Force Space Component Commander
Fourteenth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic)
Joint Functional Component Command for Space
30th Operations Group
5th Space Surveillance Squadron
|Battles/wars||War in Afghanistan|
|Awards||Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)
|Alma mater||Clemson University (BS)|
Central Michigan University (MS)
Naval War College (MA)
John William "Jay" Raymond (born April 30, 1962) is a United States Space Force general serving as its first chief of space operations. He previously concurrently served as the commander of United States Space Command, a position he held from August 29, 2019, to August 20, 2020. As the Space Force's highest-ranking officer, he currently oversees its organizational stand-up and the transfer of officers and enlisted personnel into the newest service branch.
Prior to being transferred to the Space Force, he served over 35 years in the United States Air Force. While in the Air Force, he was still serving as the commander of U.S. Space Command but was also concurrently serving as the commander of the Air Force Space Command and as commander of Joint Force Space Component. Prior to that, he served as the deputy chief of staff for operations, headquarters United States Air Force at the Pentagon. Raymond has been deployed to serve in the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.
He originally assumed command of Air Force Space Command on October 25, 2016, and of Joint Force Space Component on December 1, 2017. He assumed the additional command of U.S. Space Command on August 29, 2019. On December 20, 2019, he relinquished command of Air Force Space Command and of Joint Force Space Component, as they were being disestablished, and assumed the office of chief of space operations. He dual-hatted as chief of space operations and as commander of United States Space Command until he relinquished command of U.S. Space Command on August 20, 2020, to U.S. Army general James Dickinson, who previously was the command's deputy commander.
Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Raymond is the son of Barbara Ryan and John Allen Raymond; his father is a 1958 graduate of the United States Military Academy. Since 1865, his family has had graduates from West Point, including his great great grandfather, great grandfather, grandfather, and father.  He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in administrative management and was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force in 1984. The following year, he was assigned to the 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
From 1989 to 1993, Raymond was an operations center officer controller with the 1st Strategic Aerospace Division and Executive Officer of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In 1993, he was assigned to Air Force Space Command.
In 1997, Raymond was stationed at The Pentagon. He remained there until 2000, at which time he assumed command of the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron located at RAF Feltwell in England. The following year, Raymond returned to the United States and became Deputy Commander of the 21st Operations Group. From 2003 to 2005, he was assigned to the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense.
In 2005, Raymond returned to Vandenberg Air Force Base and assumed command of the 30th Operations Group. He held that position until 2007, when he was named Commander of the 21st Space Wing. In 2009, Raymond was reassigned to Air Force Space Command as Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses. From December 2010 to July 2012, Raymond served as Vice Commander, 5th Air Force, and Deputy Commander, 13th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan. From July 2012 to January 2014, Raymond served as director of plans and policy (J5), United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base. From January 2014 to August 2015, Raymond served as Commander, Fourteenth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, United States Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. After that, he returned the Pentagon to serve as the deputy chief of staff for operations for the headquarters of the Department of the Air Force.
Raymond was nominated for promotion to the rank of general and to the command of Air Force Space Command on September 8, 2016. This nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 15. He assumed command of the Air Force Space Command on October 27, 2016, replacing John E. Hyten who was then tapped to become the commander of United States Strategic Command.
When the creation of the Space Force was debated, Raymond initially did not support the idea of creating a separate space corps. In 2017, he wrote in a Defense One article that while he applauded the increased focus on space as a warfighting domain, what is needed instead is deeper integration and more resources.
On March 22, 2019, Raymond was nominated to become the commander of United States Space Command. The appointment was confirmed by the Committee on Armed Services on June 12 and later the United States Senate on June 27. He assumed command of the newly established combatant command on August 29, 2019.
Raymond was appointed Space Force's first chief of space operations on December 20, 2019. According to President Donald Trump, "With today's signing I will proudly appoint Gen. Jay Raymond the first chief of space operations and he will become the very first member of the Space Force and he will be on the Joint Chiefs." He was officially sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on January 14, 2020.
He continued serving as commander of the U.S. Space Command while being the new military service's head until August 20, 2020 when he relinquished command to his deputy, General James H. Dickinson. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which also created the Space Force, included a provision which allowed the chief of space operations to concurrently serve as commander of the newest combatant command for one year.
Raymond is the recipient of the following awards:
|Command Space Operations Badge|
|Command Missile Operations Badge|
|Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge|
|Space Staff Badge|
|Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster|
|Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster|
|Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster|
|Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters|
|Air Force Commendation Medal|
|Joint Meritorious Unit Award|
|Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters|
|Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters|
|Combat Readiness Medal|
|Air Force Recognition Ribbon with oak leaf cluster|
|National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star|
|Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Global War on Terrorism Service Medal|
|Humanitarian Service Medal|
|Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon|
|Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame|
|Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters|
|Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon|
|Air Force Training Ribbon|
|National Order of Merit (France), Officer|
|Second lieutenant||July 20, 1984|
|First lieutenant||July 20, 1986|
|Captain||July 20, 1988|
|Major||July 1, 1996|
|Lieutenant colonel||July 1, 1999|
|Colonel||July 1, 2004|
|Brigadier general||August 19, 2009|
|Major general||May 4, 2012|
|Lieutenant general||January 31, 2014|
|General||October 25, 2016|
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