Thompson Tapped as Space Force Vice Chief

 In U.S. Air Force, Defense, Air, Space, Forces & Capabilities

Lt. Gen. David D. Thompson is nom­i­nat­ed to for­mal­ly become the Vice Chief of Space Operations, the Space Force’s second-high­est offi­cer, and is up for a pro­mo­tion to four-star gen­er­al, the Pentagon said Aug. 7.

Thompson took the job of vice com­man­der of Air Force Space Command in April 2018, after hold­ing the posi­tion from 2015 to 2017. The job car­ried over when AFSPC became the Space Force in December 2019, so the new nom­i­na­tion would estab­lish Thompson within the Space Force’s new lead­er­ship struc­ture.

The long­time space oper­a­tor pre­vi­ous­ly direct­ed space assets for Air Forces Central Command and held lead­er­ship posi­tions in oper­a­tions and plan­ning at U.S. Strategic Command. He has been a public face of mil­i­tary space oper­a­tions as the Space Force gets up and run­ning and the Pentagon starts treat­ing the domain as a pos­si­ble place of con­flict.

“He is respon­si­ble to the Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force in car­ry­ing out space mis­sions and inte­grat­ing space policy, guid­ance, coor­di­na­tion and syn­chro­niza­tion of space-relat­ed activ­i­ties and issue res­o­lu­tion for the Department of the Air Force,” accord­ing to Thompson’s offi­cial biog­ra­phy.

The Senate will likely con­firm his pro­mo­tion.

Air Force Magazine source|articles

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