Space force

The Space Force will set up three major commands, the lower echelons will be called “deltas”

The three major commands are Space Operations Command, Space Systems Command and Space Training and Readiness Command.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force has revealed its future organizational structure, which in some ways follows the traditions of other military services, but also has some unique elements.

The new branch of the military will be organized into three major commands: Space Operations Command, Space Systems Command, and Space Training and Readiness Command.

Compared to the Air Force commands, the three new Space Force commands will be flatter organizations with fewer levels of management, the service announced June 30.

The Space Force is part of the Department of the Air Force and will be much smaller than any of the other services.

While the air force has major commands and “numbered air forces” led by three-star generals, the space force will only have major commands.

Under the major Air Force commands and numbered Air Forces, there are “wings” and “groups”. Some wings are led by one-star generals. Others are headed by colonels. An Air Force wing commander oversees three or four colonels who are “group” commanders.

The Space Force will not have wings or groups, but will instead have a single level of command made up of “deltas” overseen by colonels, Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson, vice-commander, told reporters. commander of the US Space Force.

“We’re going to consolidate wings and groups into one level of command,” Thompson said.

Space Force’s organizational structure was debated for months before the service was even officially established in December, Thompson said.

The goal is to create a “light and lean structure” focused on space operations, acquisitions and training, he said.

Thompson said the name delta was chosen to refer to Space Force units for cultural reasons. The delta wing is a central design element of the service seal and flag. It was first used by the United States Air Force and later in Air Force space organization emblems. Thompson said the delta symbol was an important feature of military space badges.

The deltas are part of “our heritage and heritage,” Thompson said. “It connects space operators, it is a symbol that we connect with. We want it to be a signature element of our culture and our identity in the future.

The new delta organizations will be operational units aligned with the space combat function but will not be responsible for base operational support. Base operations and support functions will remain in the Air Force.

The lower echelon units below the deltas will be squadrons led by lieutenant colonels, as they are in the air force. Thompson said squadrons exist in every service and are part of military culture, so the Space Force decided to keep that level of command unchanged. “Squadron is a term for military units that has wide applicability, it’s a connection to our heritage.”

Three new orders

Space Operations Command — It will be led by a three-star general and will be headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. The focus is on training and preparing forces to support US Space Command. This command will oversee units that operate and launch satellites.

Space Systems Command — Also headed by a three-star general, this command will be responsible for developing, testing, acquiring, commissioning and maintaining space systems. The foundation of this command will be the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles. But the location of the command headquarters has not yet been decided. Other organizations will be brought in, such as the Commercial Satellite Communications Office and parts of the Air Force Research Laboratory. The Space Force would eventually like to incorporate organizations such as the Space Development Agency, the Space Rapid Capabilities Office, and parts of the Army and Navy that conduct space acquisitions.

Space Training and Readiness Command – STAR Command will be responsible for the training and education of space professionals and will coordinate basic training and recruitment which will continue to be managed by the Air Force. For now, STAR Command will be a colonel-led “delta” at Peterson Air Force Base, though the goal is to expand it to a major command led by a two-star general.