Gardner Introduces General Raymond from Peterson Air Force Base for Consideration to Lead U.S. and Air Force Space Command

Washington, D.C. – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today introduced General Jay Raymond, the Commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, as the nominee to lead the United States Space Command and Air Force Space Command at his nomination hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee.



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Remarks as prepared for delivery 


Good morning, Chairman and Ranking Member Reed and members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this morning’s hearing to introduce one of the nominees appearing before you today.


It is my honor to introduce a fellow Coloradan and my friend, General Jay Raymond as the nominee to lead U.S. Space Command as well as Air Force Space Command. No doubt these are critical roles supporting the defense of our nation and I am proud of the extensive military space operations that are being conducted in my home state of Colorado.


General Jay Raymond is no stranger to this committee. For those in attendance who may not know, you cannot discuss space or space operations without relying upon the tremendous career of service and work by General Raymond.


As the commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado, General Raymond is responsible for the organizing, training, equipping and maintaining of over 26,000 mission-ready space forces to meet the operational needs of U.S. Strategic Command, North American Aerospace Defense Command as well as combatant commands, worldwide. This is of course in addition to General Raymond’s role as the Joint Force Space Component Commander.


General Raymond has answered our nation’s call many times. I have the greatest confidence in him as he does so again to lead U.S. Space Command. As Congress moves forward with discussions about the reorganization of military space operations, I cannot think of anyone more knowledgeable, better prepared, or more respected than General Jay Raymond to lead those efforts.


Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Ranking Member. 




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.