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Secretary of Commerce, Space Leaders discuss Space Situational Awareness

Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting (left) walks with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (center) during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting (left) walks with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (center) during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (second from right) poses for a photo with Department of Commerce and Joint Force Space Component Command leaders in the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 30, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (second from right) poses for a photo with Department of Commerce and Joint Force Space Component Command leaders in the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 30, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (center), Joint Force Space Component Commander Gen. Jay Raymond (left), and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting (right) receiving a briefing about www.space-track.org in the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 30, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (center), Joint Force Space Component Commander Gen. Jay Raymond (left), and Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting (right) receiving a briefing about www.space-track.org in the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 30, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

30th Space Wing Commander Col. Michael Hough (center) greets U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left) during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, 30th Space Wing, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

30th Space Wing Commander Col. Michael Hough (center) greets U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left) during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, 30th Space Wing, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting (right) greets U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left) during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Deputy Joint Force Space Component Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Whiting (right) greets U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (left) during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 29, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

Secretary of Commerce, Space Leaders discuss Space Situational Awareness

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross (right center) meeting with space liaison officers from the United Kingdom, France and Germany in the Combined Space Operations Center during a visit at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., Nov. 30, 2018. Secretary Ross met with service members from the 18th Space Control Squadron, Combined Space Operations Center, Joint Force Space Component Command and U.S. Strategic Command to discuss Space Situational Awareness capabilities and space operations during a visit here Nov. 29-30. Secretary Ross also spoke with service members about the Department of Defense transitioning non-military aspects of Space Situational Awareness and space safety monitoring and responsibilities to the Department of Commerce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Cody Chiles)

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