WASHINGTON — U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry, director of space programs in the office of the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, will become vice commander of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, the service said. 

SMC is responsible for buying and maintaining the Defense Department’s space systems. On April 14, President Barack Obama nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Samuel Greaves, deputy director of the Missile Defense Agency, as the next SMC commander.

McMurry’s appointment is one of several new space-related assignments announced April 21 by Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force’s chief of staff. McMurry will be replaced by Brig. Gen. Roger Teague, who currently is director of strategic plans, programs and analyses at Air Force Space Command.

In addition, Maj. Gen. Marty Whelan, director of requirements at Air Force Space Command, will move to the Pentagon as director of space operations in the office of the Air Force deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements.

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