WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Jan. 14 administered the oath of office to Gen. John “Jay” Raymond as the first chief of space operations for the U.S. Space Force.
The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building located next to the White House West Wing.
Pence called this a historic occasion as Raymond became the first official member and leader of the newly established U.S. Space Force.
President Donald Trump on Dec. 20 signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 that created the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the nation’s armed forces. Trump in June 2018 directed the Defense Department to stand up a new military service for space, but bringing that goal to fruition required Congress to pass authorizing legislation.
“I know the next year is going to be a busy year and we are going to see literally thousands of Air Force personnel move into the Space Force,” said Pence.
Raymond is the highest ranking military official in the U.S. Space Force and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also serves as the commander of U.S. Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.