In a change-of-command ceremony today, Gen. William L. Shelton became the 15th commander of Air Force Space Command.
Shelton replaces Gen. C. Robert Kehler, who will take command of the United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony.
As a master space operator, Shelton – a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy – has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered air force levels, and served on the staffs at major command headquarters, Air Force headquarters and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
As commander of Air Force Space Command, Shelton is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world.
In addition to overseeing Air Force network operations, he also is responsible for space system development and acquisition, manages a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and space launch facilities.
Prior to taking command in Colorado Springs, Shelton served as assistant vice chief of staff and director of Air Staff for the U.S. Air Force at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C, where he oversaw the administration and organization of the Air Staff.
Created in 1982, AFSPC provides military-focused space capabilities to the joint warfighting team and is the Air Force lead in developing cyberspace capabilities. AFSPC employs more than 46,000 professionals, in 88 locations worldwide and deploys to an additional 35 international locations.