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

This is a list of active duty United States Space Force general officers. There are currently 21 active duty general officers in the U.S. Space Force. 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.

List of generals

U.S. Space Force general flag
U.S. Space Force general flag

See also: List of United States Space Force four-star generals and List of active duty United States four-star officers

No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
John W. Raymond
John W. Raymond 25 October 2016[a] Chief of Space Operations [1]
2
David D. Thompson
David D. Thompson 1 October 2020 Vice Chief of Space Operations [2]

List of lieutenant generals

U.S. Space Force lieutenant general flag
U.S. Space Force lieutenant general flag

See also: List of United States Space Force lieutenant generals and List of active duty United States three-star officers

No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
Nina M. Armagno
Nina Armagno 6 August 2020 Director of Staff [3]
2
B. Chance Saltzman
B. Chance Saltzman 7 August 2020 Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear [4]
3
Stephen N. Whiting
Stephen Whiting 21 October 2020 Commander, Space Operations Command [5]
4
John E. Shaw
John E. Shaw 23 November 2020 Deputy Commander, United States Space Command [6]
5
Michael Guetlein
Michael Guetlein 13 August 2021 Commander, Space Systems Command [7]
6
Philip A. Garrant
Philip Garrant 2 August 2022 Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Strategy, Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis [8]

List of major generals

U.S. Space Force major general flag
U.S. Space Force major general flag
No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
DeAnna M. Burt
DeAnna Burt 7 August 2020[b] In transit [10]
2
Douglas A. Schiess
Douglas Schiess 7 May 2021 Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command and
Vice Commander, Space Operations Command
[11]
3
David N. Miller Jr.
David N. Miller 6 July 2021 Director of Operations, Training, and Force Development, United States Space Command [12]

List of brigadier generals

U.S. Space Force brigadier general flag
U.S. Space Force brigadier general flag
No. Portrait Name Date of rank Current position Ref
1
Christopher S. Povak
Christopher Povak 2 March 2019 Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office and
Commander, Space Force Element to the National Reconnaissance Office
[13]
2
Steven P. Whitney
Steven P. Whitney 2 April 2019 Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration [14]
3
D. Jason Cothern
D. Jason Cothern 3 July 2019 Deputy Commander, Space Systems Command [15]
4
Gregory J. Gagnon
Gregory Gagnon 2 August 2019[c] Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, United States Space Force [17]
5
Troy L. Endicott
Troy Endicott 1 November 2019[d] Assistant Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear [18]
6
Stephen G. Purdy Jr.
Stephen G. Purdy 6 August 2020[e] PEO for Assured Access to Space,
Director of Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command,
Commander, Space Launch Delta 45, and
Director, Eastern Range
[19]
7
Dennis O. Bythewood
Dennis Bythewood 17 August 2021 Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force–Space Defense [20]
8
Todd R. Moore
Todd R. Moore 2 September 2021[21] Deputy Commander, Space Training and Readiness Command [22]
9
Timothy A. Sejba
Timothy Sejba 15 December 2021[23] PEO for Space Domain Awareness and Combat Power
PEO for Battle Management Command, Control, and Communications
[24]
10
James E. Smith
James E. Smith 3 July 2022 Deputy United States Military Representative to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [25]
11
Devin R. Pepper
Devin Pepper Frocked Deputy Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, United States Space Command [26]
12
Brian D. Sidari
Brian Sidari Frocked Director, Intelligence, United States Space Command [27][28]

List of pending appointments

Portrait Name Current position New assignment Status Ref
For General
B. Chance Saltzman
Lieutenant General
B. Chance Saltzman
Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear Chief of Space Operations Nomination sent to the Senate,
27 July 2022
[29]
For Major General
Gregory J. Gagnon
Brigadier General
Gregory Gagnon
Director of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, United States Space Force Nomination sent to the Senate,
6 September 2022
[30]
Christopher S. Povak
Brigadier General
Christopher Povak
Deputy Director, Space Warfighting Analysis Center Nomination sent to the Senate,
6 September 2022
[30][31]
Stephen G. Purdy Jr.
Brigadier General
Stephen G. Purdy
PEO for Assured Access to Space,
Director of Launch and Range Operations, Space Systems Command,
Commander, Space Launch Delta 45, and
Director, Eastern Range
Nomination sent to the Senate,
6 September 2022
[30]
Steven P. Whitney
Brigadier General
Steven P. Whitney
Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Space Acquisition and Integration Nomination sent to the Senate,
6 September 2022
[30]
For Brigadier General
Robert J. Hutt
Colonel
Robert Hutt
Chief, Programming Division, Office of the Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis Confirmed by the Senate,
26 May 2022
[32][33]
Anthony J. Mastalir
Colonel
Anthony Mastalir
Special Assistant to the Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command Confirmed by the Senate,
26 May 2022
[32][33]
Jacob Middleton Jr.
Colonel
Jacob Middleton Jr.
Director of National Security Space Policy, National Space Council Confirmed by the Senate,
26 May 2022
[32][33]
Kristen L. Panzenhagen
Colonel
Kristin Panzenhagen
Senior Military Assistant, Under Secretary of the Air Force Confirmed by the Senate,
26 May 2022
[32][33]

History

Major General Burt (left) is sworn into the Space Force, May 2021, transferring from the U.S. Air Force.
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.[34]

On 20 December 2020, with the establishment of the United States Space Force, General John W. Raymond, became the first member of the new service, and hence the very first general officer in the Space Force.[35]

By July 2020, four U.S. Air Force major generals were nominated for transfer to the Space Force and promotion to lieutenant generals.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38]

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.[39]

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.[40] 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.[41][42] On May 7, 2021, Major General DeAnna Burt transferred to the Space Force, becoming the first major general of the service.[9]

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.[16]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Raymond was promoted to general on 25 October 2016 but only became an officer of the United States Space Force on 20 December 2019, the day the new service was created.
  2. ^ Burt was promoted to major general on 7 August 2020 but only transferred to the United States Space Force on 7 May 2021.[9]
  3. ^ Gagnon was promoted to brigadier general on 2 August 2019 but only transferred to the United States Space Force on 19 October 2021.[16]
  4. ^ Endicott was promoted to brigadier general on 1 November 2019 but only transferred to the United States Space Force in May 2021.
  5. ^ Purdy was promoted to brigadier general on 6 August 2020 but only transferred to the United States Space Force on ~1 June 2021.

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