List of active duty United States Space Force general officers

Summary

This is a list of active duty United States Space Force general officers. There are 24 active duty general officers in the U.S. Space Force: two generals, five lieutenant generals, seven major generals, and 10 brigadier generals. All of them transferred from the United States Air Force. Space Force general officers, like in other U.S. armed services, are nominated by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.

Lt Gen Saltzman being presented with the very first three-star flag in the U.S. Space Force during his promotion, 14 August 2020.

List of generalsEdit

 
U.S. Space Force general flag
No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
 
David D. Thompson 1 October 2020 Vice Chief of Space Operations [1]
2
 
B. Chance Saltzman 2 November 2022 Chief of Space Operations [2]

List of lieutenant generalsEdit

 
U.S. Space Force lieutenant general flag
No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
 
Nina Armagno 7 August 2020 Director of Staff [3]
2
 
Stephen Whiting 21 October 2020 Commander, Space Operations Command [4]
3
 
John E. Shaw 23 November 2020 Deputy Commander, United States Space Command [5]
4
 
Michael Guetlein 13 August 2021 Commander, Space Systems Command [6]
5
 
Philip Garrant 2 August 2022 Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Strategy, Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis [7]

List of major generalsEdit

 
U.S. Space Force major general flag
No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
 
DeAnna Burt 7 August 2020[a] Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Space Operations [9]
2
 
Douglas Schiess 7 May 2021 Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command and
Vice Commander, Space Operations Command
[10]
3
 
David N. Miller 6 July 2021 Director of Operations, Training, and Force Development, United States Space Command [11]
4
 
Gregory Gagnon 29 September 2022 Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Intelligence [12]
5
 
Christopher Povak 29 September 2022 Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office and
Commander, Space Force Element to the National Reconnaissance Office
[13]
6
 
Stephen G. Purdy ~29 September 2022 PEO for Assured Access to Space,
Director of Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command,
Commander, Space Launch Delta 45, and
Director, Eastern Range
[14]
7
 
Steven P. Whitney 29 September 2022 Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration [15]

List of brigadier generalsEdit

 
U.S. Space Force brigadier general flag
No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
 
D. Jason Cothern 3 July 2019 Deputy Commander, Space Systems Command [16]
2
 
Troy Endicott 1 November 2019[b] Assistant Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear [17]
3
 
Dennis Bythewood 17 August 2021 Commander, Joint Task Force–Space Defense [18]
4
 
Todd R. Moore 2 September 2021[19] Deputy Commander, Space Training and Readiness Command [20]
5
 
Timothy Sejba 15 December 2021[21] PEO for Space Domain Awareness and Combat Power
PEO for Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications
[22]
6
 
James E. Smith 3 July 2022 Deputy United States Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [23]
7
 
Devin Pepper 2 September 2022 Deputy Commanding General (Operations), Space Operations Command [24]
8
 
Anthony Mastalir 1 October 2022 Commander, United States Space Forces Indo-Pacific [25]
9
 
Brian Sidari Frocked Director, Intelligence, United States Space Command [26][27]
10
 
Robert Hutt Chief, Programming Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis [28]

List of pending appointmentsEdit

Portrait Name Current position New assignment Status Ref
For Lieutenant General
 
Major General
DeAnna Burt
Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Space Operations Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear Confirmed by the Senate,
30 November 2022
[29][30]
For Brigadier General
 
Colonel
Jacob Middleton Jr.
Director of National Security Space Policy, National Space Council Confirmed by the Senate,
26 May 2022
[31][32]
 
Colonel
Kristin Panzenhagen
Senior Military Assistant, Under Secretary of the Air Force Confirmed by the Senate,
26 May 2022
[31][32]

HistoryEdit

Number of general officersEdit

 
Major General Burt (left) is sworn into the Space Force, May 2021, transferring from the U.S. Air Force.

Before the establishment of the Space Force, the Space Force Planning Task Force considered two different scenarios or models for the number of general officers in the new service: the lean and demanding models. The lean Space Force model called for 41 general officers with 3 generals, 6 lieutenant generals, 12 major generals, and 20 brigadier generals. The demanding Space Force model, on the other hand, has 45 general officers with 3 generals, 6 lieutenant generals, 13 major generals, and 23 brigadier generals.[33]

By August 2020, General John W. Raymond noted that there will only be 21 general officers in the Space Force.[34] Asked by the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services whether the 21 general officer billets in the Space Force are sufficient, Lieutenant General B. Chance Saltzman, in his written statement in 2022, responded that it is not sustainable. He believes that it is not sufficient to sustain the two four-star posts in the service and effectively represent the Space Force in the Joint Staff and the unified combatant commands.[35] He hopes to increase the number of general officers to 36: two generals, six lieutenant generals, 12 major generals, and 16 brigadier generals.[36]

Transfers from the Air Force (2020–2021)Edit

 
Brigadier General Devin R. Pepper, the first prior-enlisted and African American general officer in the Space Force, speaks during his promotion ceremony, 2021.[37]

The Space Force was established by redesignating the United States Air Force's Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) as the United States Space Force on 20 December 2020. Thus, the very first general officers in the Space Force were general officers in the Air Force's space operations and space acquisitions career fields. Immediately after the establishment of the Space Force, then-AFSPC commander, General John W. Raymond, was appointed as the first chief of space operations. He then became the first member of the new service, and hence the very first general officer in the Space Force.[38]

By July 2020, four U.S. Air Force major generals were nominated for transfer to the Space Force and promotion to lieutenant generals.[39] On 14 August 2020, then-Major General B. Chance Saltzman transferred to the Space Force and was promoted to lieutenant general, becoming the service's lieutenant general and the first general officer promoted in the new service.[40] Three days later, then-Major General Nina Armagno also transferred to the Space Force and was promoted to lieutenant general, becoming the service's first female general officer.[41]

On 1 October 2020, then-U.S. Air Force lieutenant general David D. Thompson transferred into the Space Force and was promoted to general, becoming the first to hold the office of vice chief of space operations.[42]

In April 2021, three U.S. Air Force major generals and six brigadier generals were nominated for transfer into the Space Force, all of them career space professionals working either space operations or space acquisitions.[43][44] On May 7, 2021, Major General DeAnna Burt transferred to the Space Force, becoming the first major general of the service.[8]

 
General Raymond (left) administers the oath of office to Brigadier General Gregory Gagnon, the first non-career space operations or space acquisitions officer general officer in the Space Force, during his first transfer ceremony, 2021.

On 19 October 2021, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Gregory Gagnon transferred into the Space Force after volunteering. A career intelligence and cyber officer, he is the first general officer of the service who is a non-career space professional, or not coming from either space operations or space acquisitions career fields.[45]

First direct promotions and expansion (2021–present)Edit

The Space Force had transferred 17 general officers from the Air Force. By October 2021, after the transfers from the Air Force, the Space Force had 21 general officers: two generals, six lieutenant generals, three major generals, and 10 brigadier generals. This included the first officers promoted into general officer ranks since the creation of the service. In January 2021, four colonels were nominated for promotion to brigadier general, becoming the first Space Force general officers who were promoted directly as brigadier generals in the service.[46]

In 2022, the number of major generals in the Space Force doubled from three to seven. Five colonels were nominated for promotion to brigadier general, bringing the total number of general officers to 24.[32]

TimelineEdit

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Historical firstsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Burt was promoted to major general on 7 August 2020 but only transferred to the United States Space Force on 7 May 2021.[8]
  2. ^ Endicott was promoted to brigadier general on 1 November 2019 but only transferred to the United States Space Force in May 2021.

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