Gen. John Raymond assumed command of Air Force Space Command from Gen. John Hyten during a ceremony broadcast live on Facebook from Peterson AFB, Colo., Tuesday. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein called Raymond was “the obvious choice” for the job because of his “experience, cyber expertise, and proven leadership.” In accepting his new position, Raymond said, “there’s no other organization in the world that does what you do.” Goldfein also praised Hyten for his two years of leadership at AFSPC, especially in standing up the successful Joint Interagency Combined Space Command (JICSPOC). “All I want to do is say ‘thank you,’” Hyten said. In reflection on his time at AFSPC, he noted “in cyber we delivered effects around the world that were only theories” a few years ago. Hyten has been confirmed as the next commander of US Strategic Command.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.