The Worlds Most Deadliest Force Sets Up Space Force Unit

Gen. David H. Berg­er, Com­man­dant of the Marine Corps, direct­ed the acti­va­tion of a new Marine Corps forces com­mand sub­or­di­nate to the newest uni­fied com­bat­ant com­mand, Unit­ed States Space Com­mand, effec­tive Oct. 1, 2020.

Marine Corps Forces Space Com­mand, cre­at­ed from the exist­ing space exper­tise in Marine Corps Forces Strate­gic Com­mand, will focus on pro­vid­ing space oper­a­tional sup­port to the Fleet Marine Force while build­ing a con­ver­gence capa­bil­i­ty to increase warfight­er lethality.

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Matthew G. Glavy is the com­man­der of MARFORSPACE. He is dual-hat­ted as the com­man­der of Marine Corps Forces Cyber­space Com­mand. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebras­ka, will ini­tial­ly serve as the home for MARFORSPACE.

“We have an incred­i­ble oppor­tu­ni­ty to cre­ate a syn­er­gy across the infor­ma­tion envi­ron­ment based on our unique posi­tion with­in the naval and joint force,” Glavy said. “Space and cyber are crit­i­cal capa­bil­i­ties in the infor­ma­tion envi­ron­ment that, when brought togeth­er, can pro­vide a com­pet­i­tive advan­tage. Con­ver­gence requires flex­i­ble and inter­con­nect­ed teams focused on solv­ing hard prob­lems with speed. We can­not be suc­cess­ful in these tech­nol­o­gy-heavy domains with­out pri­or­i­tiz­ing peo­ple, ideas and things … in that order.”

While Glavy com­mands both MARFORSPACE, which reports to USSPACECOM, and MARFORCYBER, which reports to U.S. Cyber Com­mand, the two units will remain sep­a­rate and dis­tinct commands.

“I am hum­bled and hon­ored to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to lead this new orga­ni­za­tion,” Glavy said. “This is a piv­otal time for our nation. The com­man­dant has made the bold move Marines are known for to ensure our rel­e­van­cy and readiness.”

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