F‑35 Program Official Named No. 2 at Space and Missile Systems Center

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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Donna Shipton speaks at a Space and Missile Systems Center indus­try con­fer­ence in Los Angeles. Credit: Van De Ha, U.S. Air Force

Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern will replace Brig. Gen. Donna Shipton, as vice com­man­der of the Space and Missile Systems Center

Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern

WASHINGTON — Brig. Gen. D. Jason Cothern, the assis­tant pro­gram direc­tor for devel­op­ment at the F‑35 Lighting II Joint Program Office has been named vice com­man­der of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, the chief of space oper­a­tions for the U.S. Space Force Gen. John Raymond announced Feb. 13.

Cothern replaces Brig. Gen. Donna Shipton, who will become direc­tor of strate­gic plans, pro­grams, require­ments and analy­ses at the Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Since June 2017, Cothern was respon­si­ble for F‑35 fight­er mod­ern­iza­tion activ­i­ties. But much of his career was focused on space. He served as the direc­tor of the Department of Defense’s Space Test Program and the Air Force’s Hosted Payloads Office. As STP direc­tor he also led the Rocket Systems Launch Program, where he was mis­sion direc­tor for the DoD’s first SpaceX Falcon 9 launch that flew NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DSCOVR satel­lite in February 2015.

Source: SpaceNews

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