SpOC commander, chief visit Air Force Reserve space wing

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Frank Casciotta

Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, the Space Operations Command commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Scott Todd, the Individual Mobilization Augmentee to the SpOC command chief, met with Reserve Citizen Airmen of the 310th Space Wing during the Unit Training Assembly, April 10.

“We know that our space mission cannot be executed without the whole total force team – the Reserve, the Guard and active duty,” said Whiting opening the townhall with the wing. “We have fantastic teammates here at the 310th Space Wing. Collectively, we execute this space mission which is absolutely vital to the nation. The national dialogue was that ‘hey, we've got to protect what we have in space because all we do as a nation, economically militarily socially is dependent on space.’”

Whiting went on to explain the evolution and current state of the U.S. Space Force before he and Scott took questions from the audience, which were primarily Reserve-centric topics. The question and answer portion can be found here: Part 1, Part 2.

Space Operations Command is a Field Command of the U.S. Space Force, comprising thousands of space professionals and Airmen worldwide. As its commander, Whiting leads the preparation, generation, and sustainment of combat-ready intelligence, cyber, space and combat support forces and serves as the U.S. Space Force Service Component to U.S. Space Command.

As the IMA to the SpOC command chief, Scott acts on the commander’s behalf during absences and performs the duties of the command chief when required. The primary role of the position is to advise the commander on all matters relating to readiness, training, professional development, force utilization, operations tempo, health, morale, welfare and leadership of the enlisted force. The command chief also serves as the mentor and functional manager to subordinate command chiefs within the command and serves as the commander's representative on councils, boards, and selected events within the military and civilian communities.