John W. Raymond

John William "Jay" Raymond[1] is a general in the United States Air Force and serves as the Commander of United States Space Command. He is also the commander of Air Force Space Command and concurrently serves as Joint Force Space Component Commander. He previously served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force at the Pentagon. He assumed his command of Air Force Space Command on October 25, 2016, Joint Force Space Component on December 1, 2017 and United States Space Command on August 29, 2019.

John W. Raymond
General John W. Raymond in 2019
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1984–present
Commands heldUnited States Space Command
Air Force Space Command
Joint Force Space Component Commander
Fourteenth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic)
Joint Functional Component Command for Space
30th Operations Group
5th Space Surveillance Squadron
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
Iraq War
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)

It was announced on March 22, 2019, that Raymond would become the first commander of the newly reestablished United States Space Command, pending Senate confirmation.[2] He was confirmed on June 27, 2019.[3]

Military career

Raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Raymond graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Administrative Management[1] and was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force in 1984.[4] The following year, he was assigned to the 321st Strategic Missile Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base.

From 1989 to 1993, Raymond was an operations center officer controller with the 1st Strategic Aerospace Division and Executive Officer of the 30th Space Wing at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In 1993, he was assigned to Air Force Space Command.

In 1997, Raymond was stationed at The Pentagon. He remained there until 2000, at which time he assumed command of the 5th Space Surveillance Squadron located at RAF Feltwell in England. The following year, Raymond returned to the United States and became Deputy Commander of the 21st Operations Group. From 2003 to 2005, he was assigned to the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense.

In 2005, Raymond returned to Vandenberg Air Force Base and assumed command of the 30th Operations Group. He held that position until 2007, when he was named Commander of the 21st Space Wing. In 2009, Raymond was reassigned to Air Force Space Command as Director of Plans, Programs and Analyses. From December 2010 to July 2012, Raymond served as Vice Commander, 5th Air Force, and Deputy Commander, 13th Air Force, Yokota Air Base, Japan. From July 2012 to January 2014, Raymond served as Director of Plans and Policy (J5), United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base. From January 2014 to August 2015, Raymond served as Commander, Fourteenth Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), Air Force Space Command, and Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, United States Strategic Command, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. In August, 2015 he assumed his current position at the Pentagon, Department of the Air Force. Raymond has deployed to serve in the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War.

Raymond was nominated for promotion general and to the command of Air Force Space Command on September 8, 2016.[5] This nomination was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 15.[6]

On March 22, 2019, Raymond was nominated to become the Commander of United States Space Command.[2]

On June 12, 2019, Raymond was confirmed by the Committee on Armed Services and later the United States Senate on June 27, 2019.[7]

Awards and decorations

Command Space Operations Badge
Master Missile Operations Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge
United States Space Command Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with two oak leaf clusters
Combat Readiness Medal
Air Force Recognition Ribbon with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
National Order of Merit (France), Officer[8]
  • 2007 General Jerome F. O'Malley Distinguished Space Leadership Award, Air Force Association.
  • 2015 Thomas D. White Space Award, Air Force Association.
  • 2016 Peter B. Teets Government Award, National Defense Industrial Association.
  • 2017 James V. Hartinger Award, National Defense Industrial Association.

Effective dates of promotion

Second LieutenantJuly 20, 1984
First LieutenantJuly 20, 1986
CaptainJuly 20, 1988
MajorJuly 1, 1996
Lieutenant ColonelJuly 1, 1999
ColonelJuly 1, 2004
Brigadier GeneralAug. 19, 2009
Major GeneralMay 4, 2012
Lieutenant General January 31, 2014
General October 25, 2016


  1. "Clemson Commencement Program". May 1984. Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  2. Erwin, Sandra (26 March 2019). "Trump nominates Raymond to be commander of U.S. Space Command". SpaceNews. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  4. "GENERAL JOHN W. "JAY" RAYMOND". Retrieved 2016-10-25.
  5. "General Officer Announcements". U.S. Department of Defense. 2016-09-08. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  6. "PN1673 — Lieutenant General John W. Raymond — Air Force". U.S. Congress. Retrieved 2016-09-17.
  7. Yoanna, Michael de. "Colorado U.S. Space Command Nominee Seeks To 'Deter A Conflict'". Retrieved 2019-07-08.

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