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CSAF selects 614th ASpOC commander for new program

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Seven senior officers were recently selected to be part of a new program directed by Chief of the Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley.

Col. Stephen Whiting, commander of the 614th Air and Space Operations Center and director of the Joint Space Operations Center, is one of the selected officers.

As part of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Fellows program, these select officers will work directly for the chief of staff in lieu of serving as a group or vice wing commander, and after successful completion of the program will be strong candidates for operational wing command or equivalent positions.

"The CSAF Fellows program is a prestigious opportunity to develop some of the Air Force's most talented officers," General Moseley said. "It will provide these hand-selected officers with the opportunity to cultivate their skill sets in career-broadening positions specializing in national military strategy, national defense policy and international relations."

The intent of the CSAF Fellows program is to develop a strong group of senior officers with breadth and depth in operational, command and joint/interagency experience, he said. Officers are selected based on their strong competency and potential to serve in senior positions.

Tour lengths for the program will vary from one to two years, and participating officers will still be expected to complete a program such as Air War College to receive credit for developmental education.

"Maintaining peak combat capability begins and ends with talented, motivated, trained and well-equipped Airmen," General Moseley said. "This prestigious program provides distinguished officers with the right experience at the right time in their careers." 

Colonel Whiting was commissioned upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1989. As a space operations officer, he has served as an operations officer, flight commander and squadron commander. He was selected for the first Air Force intern class during which he spent two years in Washington, D.C., working on the Air Staff and attending George Washington University. He has also served in headquarters assignments at United States Space Command and United States Strategic Command. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, the School of Advanced Airpower Studies and an Air Force fellowship at RAND Corporation.