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General Stephen N. Whiting takes over U.S. Space Command as General Dickinson retires

Posted at 8:59 AM, Jan 11, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-11 10:59:35-05

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — There's a new general in charge of U.S. Space Command. U.S. Space Force General Stephen N. Whiting took over command from U.S. Army General James H. Dickinson at a ceremony Wednesday.

General Whiting was promoted from Lieutenant General to General before the ceremony. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1989 with a degree in aeronautical engineering, and also served as commander of Space Operations Command before his promotion.

During a speech during Wednesday's ceremony, General Whiting took the time to thank General Dickinson for his leadership.

"You have led U.S. Space Command to achieve full operational capability, and placed us on a path to now focus all our energies on our core operational missions," General Whiting said.

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General Dickinson is retiring after 38 years of service. During his speech, he thanked his family for their support during his military service.