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Lt. Gen. Douglas Schiess, Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command
U.S. Space Command;, US Space Force

Lt. Gen. Douglas A. Schiess is the Commander, U.S. Space Forces – Space; and United States Space Command’s Combined Joint Force Space Component Commander, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California. General Schiess leads thousands of joint and combined personnel across 70 tactical units with a mission to plan, integrate, conduct and assess global space operations in order to deliver combat relevant space effects in, from, and to space for Combatant Commanders, Coalition partners, the Joint Force and the nation. The General plans and executes space operations through two command and control deltas and exercises operational control of assigned and attached U.S. Space Forces including all or portions of six operational deltas. Additionally, Lt. Gen. Schiess controls five distinct and geographically dispersed operations centers, including the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg SFB, California; the National Space Defense Center at Schriever SFB, Colorado; the Missile Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station, Colorado; the Joint Overhead Persistent Infrared Planning Center at Buckley SFB, Colorado; and the Joint Navigation Warfare Center at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.

Lt. Gen. Schiess entered the Air Force as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1992, and transferred to the United States Space Force in 2022. He has commanded the 4th Space Operations Squadron at Schriever AFB, Colorado; the 45th Operations Group at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida; the 21st Space Wing at Peterson AFB, Colorado; and the 45th Space Wing at Patrick AFB, Florida. He deployed to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of operations Enduring Freedom, Resolute Support, and Inherent Resolve. His staff assignments include Headquarters Air Force Space Command, Headquarters Space Operations Command, the Air Staff and Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. Prior to his current assignment, Lt. Gen. Schiess was the Commander, Combined Force Space Component Command and Vice Commander, Space Operations Command.


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