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Space Force to establish new command in Colorado focused on training and education

STARCOM is the third and final field command being stood up by the Space Force
Brig. Gen. Shawn Bratton will be the new commander of the Space Force Space Training and Readiness Command. Credit: U.S. Air Force

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Space Force on Aug. 23 will establish the Space Training and Readiness Command at Peterson Space Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A ceremony is scheduled on Monday at Peterson to be presided by the chief of space operations of the U.S. Space Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond. 

Known at the STAR Command, or STARCOM, the new organization will oversee doctrine, training and professional education of Space Force military and civilian personnel, and will coordinate basic training and recruiting. 

STARCOM will be led by Brig. Gen. Shawn Bratton, of the National Guard Bureau. Bratton over the past year led the planning task force for STARCOM. He previously served as deputy director of operations of U.S. Space Command.

This is the third and final field command being stood up by the Space Force. The service last year activated the Space Operations Command also at Peterson Space Force Base. The Space Systems Command was established Aug. 13 at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. 

Sandra Erwin writes about military space programs, policy, technology and the industry that supports this sector. She has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry for nearly...