Space command gets new leader



The Air Force's top uniformed official will be on hand Wednesday at Peterson Air Force Base to welcome Air Force Space Command's new leader, Gen. William L. Shelton.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz will officiate the ceremony, to be held in one of the aircraft hangars.

Gen. Shelton
  • Gen. Shelton

Shelton will succeed Gen. C. Robert Kehler, who will become commander of United States Strategic Command at Offutt AFB, Neb.

Created Sept. 1, 1982, Air Force Space Command provides military-focused space capabilities and aids in joint warfighting. It's the Air Force's lead in developing cyberspace capabilities.

A 1976 Air Force Academy grad, Shelton previously worked at the Pentagon as assistant vice chief of staff and director of the Air Staff. During his career, he's done research and development testing, space operations and staff work. The general has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and numbered Air Force levels, and served on the staffs at major command headquarters, Air Force headquarters and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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