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USSF Major General Burt visits Korean peninsula

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, speaks at the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace Symposium in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2021. Burt speaks of an expanding partnership between the U.S. and ROK that will help improve the entire space enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt (right), Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, sits with Lt. Gen. Kim Jun-sik, Republic of Korea Air Force Operations commander, in the Korea Air and Space Operations Center (KAOC) at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct 21, 2021. Burt speaks of an expanding partnership between the U.S. and ROK that will help improve the entire space enterprise. (Courtesy photo by Republic of Korea Air Force Public Affairs)

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, speaks at an all-call hosted by the Seventh Air Force at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 21, 2021. Burt explains current threats and emphasizes the importance of deterring aggression in space. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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Gen. Park In-ho, Republic of Korea Air Force Chief of Staff, delivers an opening speech at the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace Symposium in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2021. This international event reflects on space development around the world and draws on future space capabilities becoming available through civilian and military cooperation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, tours various exhibits with a member of the Republic of Korea Army at the Seoul International Aerospace and Defense Exhibition 2021 at Seoul Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 20, 2021. Seoul ADEX 21 offers a venue to deepen the relationship with the ROK and enhance regional security through expanded military-to-military cooperation and with regional partners and allies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Guardians assigned to the Seventh Air Force attend an all-call at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 21, 2021. Topics included deterrence, global capabilities and promoting the importance of joining together with the ROK to protect the space domain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Lt. Col. Joshua McCullion, Seventh Air Force Director of Space Forces, speaks on a panel at the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace Symposium in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2021. Attendees from over 16 different nations gathered to discuss capability, capacity, and resilience within the space enterprise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, sits with Guardians and Republic of Korea Air Force Airmen, in the Korea Air and Space Operations Center (KAOC) at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct 21, 2021. Burt speaks of an expanding partnership between the U.S. and ROK that will help improve the entire space enterprise. (Courtesy photo by Republic of Korea Air Force Public Affairs)

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, (left) Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, poses for a photo at the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace Symposium in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 20, 2021. Burt met and recognized two United States Air Force Academy Cadets who are the first to take part in a semester exchange program with the Republic of Korea Air Force Academy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Gen. Jay Raymond, United States Space Force Chief of Space Operations, shares a message recorded for the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace Symposium in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2021. The United States Space Force continues to partner with the Republic of Korea as they use aerospace to encompass both air and space power. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, speaks at an all-call hosted by the Seventh Air Force at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Oct. 21, 2021. Burt answered questions from Guardians and space professionals at an open forum all-call. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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United States Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, poses for a photo at the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace Symposium in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Oct. 18, 2021. This international event reflects on space development around the world and draws on future space capabilities becoming available through civilian and military cooperation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Molignano)

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U.S. Space Force Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Combined Force Space Component Command commander and Space Operations Command vice commander, visited the Republic of Korea Oct. 16 to 22, and helped to further strengthen the ironclad U.S. and ROK alliance. 

During her visit, she promoted the importance of strong international partnerships and joining together with the ROK to protect the space domain. 

Her first engagement was as the keynote speaker at the 2021 Seoul International Aerospace Symposium. 

The international symposium was part of the Seoul ADEX, which reflects on space development around the world, drawing on future space capabilities becoming available through civilian and military cooperation. 

“Without international cooperation and partnerships forged by leaders within the enterprise, space would be impossible,” said Burt. “Partnerships are imperative for success.”

She reiterated U.S. Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond’s top priority of “expanding cooperation to enhance prosperity and security” by emphasizing how global prosperity comes along with a multi-lateral cooperation.

“We must establish a collaborative foundation in the way we train as allies,” said Burt.

The ROK is the 10th country to sign the Artemis Accords; a set of principles to guide space exploration cooperating among nations participating in NASA's 21st century lunar exploration plans.

“Space is no longer an area of curiosity, it has now become a key domain for our national security” said Gen. Park In-ho, ROK Air Force chief of staff. “Only rigorous preparation will ensure our survival in the future space environment.”

Recently, the ROK reached significant milestones within its advancement of space, standing up its first space operations squadron and launching its first dedicated military communications satellite.

“These are all incredible feats accomplished in a relatively short period of time,” said Burt. “The U.S. is highly committed to strengthening our partner’s space capabilities.”

Burt continued her peninsula tour with a visit to the ROK Air Force Operations Command at Osan Air Base. She toured the space operations unit with ROKAF members and discussed the strategic location Korea holds and the importance of opportunities that can propel the ROK’s space development. 

“Like ancient astronomers charting the course of comets, we can chart a path for people of all nations to pioneer their way to a more prosperous future in space,” said Burt. 

She also took the time to answer questions from Guardians and space professionals at an open forum all-call hosted by the Seventh Air Force.

“We have a global responsibility as Guardians now to bolster our own capabilities, and run ahead with new ideas,” said Burt. 

Burt highlighted that space threats currently exist, and the time to concentrate on deterring aggression in space is now. 

“It is time to elevate to the next level,” said Burt. “The space domain is now our responsibility and we have to be ready with our partners, civilians and commercial entities to protect it all costs.”