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General Shelton addresses Vandenberg at commander's call

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  • By Senior Airman Steve Bauer
  • 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
Gen. William Shelton, the Air Force Space Command commander, held a commander's call at the theater here Feb. 2.

The commander's call was General Shelton's first address to Vandenberg after taking command of AFPSC Jan. 5.

General Shelton's agenda entailed discussing the uniqueness of the AFSPC mission, his three priorities and expectations for his tenure as commander.

AFPSC is responsible for two important Air Force operations - space and cyberspace, said the general.

"There is a lot of responsibility within Air Force Space Command, and a lot of the future of our Air Force is contingent upon how we do our jobs everyday as we bring these future capabilities forward," said General Shelton. "I say future capabilities because I think we certainly haven't seen the limit of what we can do in space, and we are just starting to scratch the surface of what we can do in cyberspace. As we achieve the synergies between space and cyberspace, we're really going to see this take off."

General Shelton addressed Vandenberg with his three number-one priorities for AFSPC, which include supporting the joint warfighter; taking control of space and cyberspace system costs; and normalizing and operationalizing cyberspace.

He also provided his expectations for AFSPC including developing leaders and taking care of the people of the command; developing first-level supervision; increasing stress and suicide awareness; treating all people with equity; and making efforts to become a more efficient and cost saving force.

General Shelton concluded the commander's call by opening up the floor for a question and answer session.

General Shelton has been a part of the AFPSC community since 1986 and served at Vandenberg as the 14th Air Force and Joint Functional Component Command for Space commander from May 2005 to December 2008.

"I'm glad to be back at Vandenberg," said General Shelton. "A lot of you were here when I left a couple of years ago and there has been a lot of change that has happened since then. I come back to a MAJCOM that is, frankly, a little hard to recognize. There has been a tremendous change, a lot of which you have seen right here, like the growth of the 14th Air Force and the expanded missions within 30th Space Wing."

"This is a very different command, so I've got a lot to learn, and I am looking forward to it. I just think there is no other place I'd rather be than in Air Force Space Command."

As the AFSPC commander, General Shelton is responsible for organizing, equipping, training and maintaining mission-ready space and cyberspace forces and capabilities for North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Strategic Command and other combatant commands around the world.