Senate confirms Saltzman as next chief of the U.S. Space Force

Saltzman succeeds Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, who’s retiring after 38 years of service

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Sept. 29 confirmed the nomination of Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman for promotion to common and task because the chief of area operations of the U.S. Area Pressure. 

The Senate by unanimous consent  confirmed Saltzman and different navy nominees on Thursday earlier than adjourning for recess till Oct. 11.

President Biden nominated Saltzman on July 27 and the Senate Armed Providers Committee held a confirmation hearing Sept. 13. The committee despatched the nomination to the Senate Sept. 22. 

Saltzman succeeds Gen. John “Jay” Raymond, who’s retiring after 38 years of service. Raymond was the first chief of the navy area department established in December 2019. The chief of area operations is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Employees.

The Area Pressure is an unbiased navy service below the Division of the Air Pressure. It has practically 8,000 uniformed members referred to as guardians, and about an equal variety of civilian workers charged with working and defending the U.S. navy’s satellites and supporting programs.

In testimony to the SASC, Saltzman mentioned the Area Pressure “will proceed to mature as an unbiased service. We should proceed to develop the Area Pressure right into a world class group able to integrating successfully into the Division of Protection … We should innovate new methods to perform our advanced missions. We is not going to succeed if we assume our outdated habits shall be efficient within the rising safety surroundings.”


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