Stephen Whiting

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Stephen N. Whiting is a United States Space Force lieutenant general who serves as the first commander of the Space Operations Command.[2] Prior to that, he was the deputy commander of the Air Force Space Command, which was later redesignated as the Space Force.[3][4]

Stephen N. Whiting
Lt Gen Stephen N. Whiting.jpg
Official portrait, 2020
BornOcean Springs, Mississippi[1]
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Air Force (1989–2020)
United States Space Force (2020–present)
Years of service1989–present (31 years)
RankUS Air Force O9 shoulderboard rotated.svg Lieutenant General
Commands heldSpace Operations Command
Combined Force Space Component Command
14th Air Force
21st Space Wing
614th Air Operations Center
AwardsAir Force Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (3)

Whiting was commissioned into the United States Air Force in 1989 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. A space operations officer, he has commanded the 13th Space Warning Squadron, the 614th Air and Space Operations Center and Joint Space Operations Center, the 21st Space Wing, and the Combined Force Space Component Command and 14th Air Force. He had also served staff assignments at the U.S. Air Force headquarters, United States Space Command, United States Strategic Command, the Chief of Naval Operations’ Strategic Studies Group, the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Defense, and the Air Force Space Command.[4]

EducationEdit

  • 1989 Distinguished Graduate, Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • 1990 Top Graduate and Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Space Training, Lowry Air Force Base, Colo.
  • 1993 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 1997 Master of Arts, Administrative Sciences (Organizational Management), The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 2001 Top Graduate (tied) and Distinguished Graduate, Master of Arts, Military Operational Arts and Sciences, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2002 Master of Arts, Airpower Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • 2008 Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Va.
  • 2017 Senior Executives in National and International Security, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, Cambridge, Mass.

AssignmentsEdit

1. July 1989–November 1990, Student, 14th Student Squadron, Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.
2. November 1990–November 1993, Crew Commander, Deputy Chief of Training, and Chief of Standardization and Evaluation, 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass.
3. November 1993–December 1994, Radar Systems Officer, 21st Operations Support Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo.
4. December 1994–July 1995, Executive Officer, 21st Operations Group, Peterson AFB, Colo.
5. August 1995–May 1997, Air Force Intern, Headquarters U.S. Air Force and The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
6. August 1997–June 1999, UHF F/O Satellite Vehicle Operator, Crew Commander, and Operations Flight Commander, 3rd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
7. June 1999–July 2000, Operations Officer, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.
8. August 2000–June 2001, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
9. July 2001–June 2002, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 2002–June 2003, Regional Policy Officer, Headquarters U.S. Space Command and U.S. Strategic Command West, Peterson AFB, Colo.
11. June 2003–June 2004, Special Assistant to the Commander, Headquarters U.S Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
12. July 2004–July 2005, Commander, 13th Space Warning Squadron, Clear AFS, Alaska
13. July 2005–May 2006, Air Force Fellow, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, Calif.
14. June 2006–June 2008, Commander, 614th Air and Space Operations Center and Director, Joint Space Operations Center, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
15. September 2008–August 2009, Chief of Staff U.S. Air Force Fellow, with duty at the Chief of Naval Operations' Strategic Studies Group, Newport, R.I.
16. August 2009–June 2011, Commander, 21st Space Wing, Peterson AFB, Colo.
17. July 2011–July 2013, Military Assistant and Acting Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
18. July 2013–July 2015, Vice Commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Nellis AFB, Nev.
19. July 2015–October 2015, Space Enterprise Vision Team Lead, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
20. November 2015–August 2017, Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
21. August 2017–November 2017, Joint Force Space Component Command Integration Team Lead, Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
22. December 2017–August 2019, Commander, Fourteenth Air Force, Air Force Space Command, and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
23. August 2019–November 2019, Combined Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Space Command, and Commander, 14th Air Force, Air Force Space Command, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
24. November 2019–December 2019, Deputy Commander, Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
25. December 2019–present, Deputy Commander, Headquarters United States Space Force, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Awards and decorationsEdit

Whiting is the recipient of the following awards:[4]

  Command Space Operations Badge
Cyberspace Operator Badge
Office of the Secretary of Defense Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  Defense Superior Service Medal
    Legion of Merit with two oak leaf cluster
  Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
  Joint Service Commendation Medal
  Air Force Achievement Medal
  Joint Meritorious Unit Award
      Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
  Combat Readiness Medal
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
  Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
Air Force Longevity Service Award with one silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
  Air Force Training Ribbon

Effective dates of promotionEdit

Rank Date
  Second lieutenant May 31, 1989
  First lieutenant May 31, 1991
  Captain May 31, 1993
  Major July 1, 1999
  Lieutenant colonel March 1, 2002
  Colonel March 1, 2006
  Brigadier general July 8, 2013
  Major general May 2, 2017
  Lieutenant general October 21, 2020

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.wdam.com/2020/10/22/ocean-springs-native-named-commander-space-force-first-field-command/
  2. ^ https://spacenews.com/space-force-stands-up-operations-command-in-colorado-springs/
  3. ^ https://www.spoc.spaceforce.mil/Biographies/Display/Article/2375600/stephen-n-whiting   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ a b c "Major General Stephen N. Whiting". United States Air Force. January 2020. Retrieved 31 July 2020.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document: "https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/466543/major-general-stephen-n-whiting/".

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Military offices
Preceded by
John W. Raymond
Commander of the 21st Space Wing
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Chris D. Crawford
Preceded by
David D. Thompson
Vice Commander of the Air Force Warfare Center
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Paul A. Welch
Preceded by
Stephen T. Denker
Director of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and ISR Operations of the Air Force Space Command
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Joseph T. Guastella
Preceded by
David J. Buck
Commander of the 14th Air Force
2017–2019
Succeeded by
John E. Shaw
New office Deputy Commander of the Joint Force Space Component Command, later Commander of the Combined Force Space Component Command
2017–2019
Preceded by
John E. Shaw
Deputy Commander of the Air Force Space Command, later United States Space Force
2019–2020
Command redesignated
New office Commander of the Space Operations Command
2020–present
Incumbent