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Statement by CEO on New U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Nov. 2, 2022 — Tom Zelibor, CEO of Space Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, issued the following statement on the U.S. Space Force chief of space operations transition. After spending 38 years in the military that includes both Air Force and Space Force, Gen. John W. Raymond, the first chief of space operations since its founding in 2019, is retiring. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman is now the second ever chief of space operations leading the U.S. Space Force.

Commenting on Gen. Raymond, Zelibor said, “Setting the cornerstone of the newest military service branch is an unparalleled challenge. It takes an extraordinary, visionary leader. As our nation’s first chief of space operations, Gen. Raymond has been that leader who has given Space Force and its Guardians a prominent role in our military structure and capabilities. All of us at Space Foundation congratulate Gen. Raymond on his distinguished military career.”

Commenting on Gen. Saltzman, Zelibor added, “Space Foundation congratulates Gen. Saltzman on becoming our nation’s next chief of space operations. The vision and distinguished leadership he brings to Space Force could not have happened at a more critical time in our history. The continuing growth of military, civil and commercial dependence on space as a critical infrastructure requires experience such as his, and Space Foundation is prepared to assist him and the Guardians in any way possible.”

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