John W. Raymond
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John W. Raymond

John William "Jay" Raymond[1] is a general in the United States Air Force and serves as the Commander of United States Space Command. He is also the commander of Air Force Space Command and concurrently serves as Joint Force Space Component Commander. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force at the Pentagon. He assumed his command of Air Force Space Command on October 25, 2016, Joint Force Space Component on December 1, 2017 and United States Space Command on August 29, 2019.

It was announced on March 22, 2019, that Raymond would become the first commander of the newly reestablished United States Space Command, pending Senate confirmation.[2] He was confirmed on June 27, 2019.[3]

Military career

Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Raymond graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Administrative Management[1] and was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force in 1984.[4] The following year, he was assigned to the 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

From 1989 to 1993, Raymond was an operations center officer controller with the 1st Strategic Aerospace Division and Executive Officer of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In 1993, he was assigned to Air Force Space Command.

In 1997, Raymond was stationed at The Pentagon. He remained there until 2000, at which time he assumed command of the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron located at RAF Feltwell in England. The following year, Raymond returned to the United States and became Deputy Commander of the 21st Operations Group. From 2003 to 2005, he was assigned to the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense.

In 2005, Raymond returned to Vandenberg Air Force Base and assumed command of the 30th Operations Group. He held that position until 2007, when he was named Commander of the 21st Space Wing. In 2009, Raymond was reassigned to Air Force Space Command as Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses. From December 2010 to July 2012, Raymond served as Vice Commander, 5th Air Force, and Deputy Commander, 13th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan. From July 2012 to January 2014, Raymond served as Director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base. From January 2014 to August 2015, Raymond served as Commander, Fourteenth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, United States Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. In August, 2015 he assumed his current position at the Pentagon, Department of the Air Force. Raymond has deployed to serve in the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.

Raymond was nominated for promotion general and to the command of Air Force Space Command on September 8, 2016.[5] This nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 15.[6]

On March 22, 2019, Raymond was nominated to become the Commander of United States Space Command.[2]

On June 12, 2019, Raymond was confirmed by the Committee on Armed Services and later the United States Senate on June 27, 2019.[7]

Awards and decorations

  • 2007 General Jerome F. O'Malley Distinguished Space Leadership Award, Air Force Association.
  • 2015 Thomas D. White Space Award, Air Force Association.
  • 2016 Peter B. Teets Government Award, National Defense Industrial Association.
  • 2017 James V. Hartinger Award, National Defense Industrial Association.

Effective dates of promotion

Rank Date
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant July 20, 1984
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant July 20, 1986
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain July 20, 1988
US-O4 insignia.svg Major July 1, 1996
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel July 1, 1999
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel July 1, 2004
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General Aug. 19, 2009
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General May 4, 2012
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  January 31, 2014
US-O10 insignia.svg General  October 25, 2016


  1. ^ a b "Clemson Commencement Program". May 1984. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b Erwin, Sandra (26 March 2019). "Trump nominates Raymond to be commander of U.S. Space Command". SpaceNews. Retrieved 2019.
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  4. ^ "GENERAL JOHN W. "JAY" RAYMOND". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 2016-09-08. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "PN1673 -- Lieutenant General John W. Raymond -- Air Force". U.S. Congress. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Yoanna, Michael de. "Colorado U.S. Space Command Nominee Seeks To 'Deter A Conflict'". Retrieved .
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