Air Force announces 23 missions will shift to Space Force

By Courtney Albon / March 31, 2020 at 1:16 PM

The Air Force today announced it has identified 23 missions it plans to shift to the Space Force over the next six months.

In a press release, the service said Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett and Space Force Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond have directed the identified space missions and their associated 1,840 Air Force billets to formally shift to the new service.

"The goal is to have each of the 23 space missions formally transferred from the Air Force into the Space Force within the next three to six months based on timing and conditions specific to each organization and mission," the release states.

The transfer plan does not dictate any physical movement of units or personnel to a new location, the release states, noting "the missions and billets will simply be transferred to the Space Force and remain in place to leverage the talent, infrastructure and key capabilities at their current location."

The space missions that will shift are located at bases in Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, Maryland, California and New Mexico. The release notes that the service may identify new missions to transfer as the Space Force stand-up continues.