PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – The establishment of U.S. Space Force’s first field command, Space Operations Command, was made official Wednesday, during an activation ceremony on Peterson AFB.

An audience at Peterson AFB waits for an activation ceremony to begin on Wednesday, October, 21, 2020.

SpOC will be responsible for organizing, training, and equipping fielded space forces who will execute space warfighting operations for combatant commanders, coalition partners, the joint force, and the nation.

“We will generate, present and sustain combat-ready intelligence, cyber, space and combat support forces, and serve as the US Space Force Service Component to the United States Space Command,” said Lt. General Stephen N. Whiting who serve as SpOc’s new commander.

Whiting has over 30 years of active duty experience and is an Air Force Academy graduate.

“The amount opportunity ahead of us is dawning we are very small focused force and we can’t afford a mission failure,” said Whiting.

SpOC is one of three major field commands of US Space Force.

Whiting says Space Systems Command and Space Training Readiness Command will stand up in the next coming months, a basing survey will be conducted to determine their location.

“We’re still continuing to support the U.S. Space Force headquarters in Washington D.C. and the other two field commands and we will continue work with them as they grow,” said Whiting.

The previous SpOC, at Vandenberg AFB, will be re-designated as SpOC West and will retain its mission of executing space warfighting operations in support of combatant commanders, coalition partners, the joint force, and the nation as U.S. Space Command’s Combined Force Space Component Command.

“We are 100% focused on this mission and serious about it and we did not chose the reality of making space a war fighting domain but we are going to ensure our interest and allies are protected in space,” said Whiting.