The 23 units to be transferred will be in addition to the five Space Wings that were already transferred to the new service when it was enacted into law in 2019
Fremont, CA: The U.S. Department of Air Force has identified 23 U.S. Air Force organizations with space-related missions, which it will transfer to the Space Force. The department aims to move 23 units of the Air Force and 1,840 billets located at bases in Colorado, California, Nevada, Ohio, New Mexico, and Maryland from the Air Force into the Space Force within the upcoming three to six months. The 23 units to be transferred will be in addition to the five Space Wings that were already transferred to the new service when it was enacted into law in 2019.
According to a Space Force statement, the 23 organizations and billets will be reorganized under the Space Force but will not be physically moved to a different geographic location. These units will remain in place to leverage the talent, infrastructure, and key capabilities at their current location. Currently, the Space Force is supported by units that previously fell under the former Air Force Space Command and have been detailed to the Space Force.
The transfers will be executed jointly by Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett, Chief of Space Operations General John Raymond, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David Goldfein, when the necessary conditions have been met. “These mission transfers incorporate existing forces into the agile Space Force, which stands ready to defend American and allied interests,” said Barrett. Space Force also mentioned that the various personnel assigned to the units that will be transferred would remain members of the U.S. Air Force who are assigned to the Space Force.
“In the coming months, and when appropriate provisions are in place as part of a separate process, military members who meet applicable criteria will be given the opportunity to volunteer to transfer to the Space Force,” said spokesman Major William Russell. “If they choose not to transfer, they will remain in the Air Force and assigned to the Space Force unit until their normal assignment rotation is complete, at which time they will be moved to an assignment within the Air Force.”
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