John E. Shaw

John E. Shaw is a United States Space Force lieutenant general serving as the deputy commander of the United States Space Command.[1][2]

John E. Shaw
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Official portrait, 2020
BornNorton, Massachusetts
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force (1990–2020)
United States Space Force (2020–present)
Years of service1990–present (30 years)
RankUS Air Force O9 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant General
Commands heldCombined Force Space Component Command
Space Operations Command
Fourteenth Air Force
21st Space Wing
50th Operations Group
4th Space Operations Squadron
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal (2)
Legion of Merit (2)

Military careerEdit

He entered the Air Force in 1990 as a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a degree in astronautical engineering and a minor in Russian language.[2]

He has worked in a variety of air and space operations and staff positions, including operations tours in the 50th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office, the 32nd Air Operations Group, and the Space Warfare Center. His operational commands have included the 4th Space Operations Squadron, the 50th Operations Group and the 21st Space Wing. Prior to being commander, he was deputy commander of Air Force Space Command, worked at the United States Strategic Command as Director of the Commander's Action Group and as Deputy Director for Operations, and in the Pentagon as an Air Force intern.[2]

Shaw took over command of the Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) and 14th Air Force after he and Major General Stephen N. Whiting traded their current positions, with Whiting taking over Shaw's position as deputy commander of the Air Force Space Command.[1]

During a change of command ceremony on November 20, 2019, Shaw highlighted the history of 14th Air Force leading coalition forces against adversaries under the command of Major General Claire Chennault and the importance of continuing to work with allies and partners to overcome future national defense challenges. He said, "This is a particularly special command to take. It is one that is combined, because it is about partners and teamwork. We are indeed stronger together; we can go faster together; and we can go higher together; and I’m grateful to be part of that team."[1]

With the 14th Air Force redesignated as the Space Operations Command on December 20, 2019, he retained command of the unit as commander.[3]

On September 30, 2020, Shaw was nominated for transfer to the U.S. Space Force,[4] promotion to lieutenant general[5] and assignment as deputy commander of U.S. Space Command.[6]

Awards and decorationsEdit

Shaw is the recipient of the following awards:[2]

  Command Space Operations Badge
Basic Parachutist Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Badge
United States Space Command Badge
Air Staff Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
  Defense Meritorious Service Medal
      Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
  Air Force Achievement Medal
    Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
  Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Kosovo Campaign Medal with one bronze service star
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Armed Forces Service Medal
  Air and Space Campaign Medal
  Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
     Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
  Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
  Air Force Training Ribbon

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Rank Date
  Second lieutenant May 30, 1990
  First lieutenant May 30, 1992
  Captain May 30, 1994
  Major May 1, 2001
  Lieutenant colonel May 1, 2005
  Colonel October 1, 2008
  Brigadier general June 5, 2015
  Major general August 17, 2018
  Lieutenant general November 23, 2020

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Chiles, Cody (November 21, 2019). "Shaw and Whiting trade places, both Space Commands win big". Air Force Space Command. Retrieved May 23, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b c d "Major General John E. Shaw". Vandenberg Air Force Base. December 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ Chiles, Cody (December 27, 2019). "14th Air Force Redesignated as Space Operations Command". Vandenberg Air Force Base. Retrieved May 22, 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "PN2256 — Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw — Space Force". United States Congress. September 30, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  5. ^ "PN2255 — Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw — Space Force". United States Congress. September 30, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
  6. ^ "General Officer Announcement". United States Department of Defense. October 1, 2020. Retrieved October 1, 2020.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Chris D. Crawford
Commander of the 21st Space Wing
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Douglas A. Schiess
Preceded by
Clinton E. Crosier
Deputy Director for Global Operations of the United States Strategic Command
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Gregory S. Bowen
Preceded by
Nina M. Armagno
Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements and Analysis of the Air Force Space Command
2017–2018
Succeeded by
William J. Liquori Jr.
Preceded by
Robert J. Skinner
Deputy Commander of the Air Force Space Command
2018–2019
Succeeded by
Stephen N. Whiting
Preceded by
Stephen N. Whiting
Commander of the 14th Air Force, later Space Operations Command
2019–2020
Command inactivated
Commander of the Combined Force Space Component Command
2019–2020
Succeeded by
DeAnna M. Burt
New office Commander of the Space Operations Command West
2020–2020
Preceded by
James H. Dickinson
Deputy Commander of the United States Space Command
2020–present
Incumbent