Major General John Shaw
Combined Force Space Component Commander
- US Space Force
Maj. Gen. John E. Shaw is the Combined Force Space Component Commander, U.S. Space Command, and Commander, Space Operations Command, U.S. Space Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
As Commander of U.S. Space Command’s Combined Force Space Component Command, Maj. Gen. Shaw leads more than 17,000 joint and combined personnel with a mission to plan, integrate, conduct and assess global space operations in order to deliver combat relevant space capabilities to Combatant Commanders, Coalition partners, the joint force and the nation. Maj. Gen. Shaw plans and executes space operations through four distinct and geographically dispersed operations centers, including: the Combined Space Operations Center at Vandenberg AFB; the Missile Warning Center at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Colorado; the Joint Overhead Persistent Infrared Planning Center at Buckley AFB, Colorado; and the Joint Navigation Warfare Center located at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
As Commander of the U.S. Space Force’s Space Operations Command, Maj. Gen. Shaw provides space capabilities such as Space Domain Awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance, navigation warfare, command and control, and Positioning, Navigation and Timing, in support of U.S. Space Command and the other Combatant Commands.
Maj. Gen. Shaw entered the Air Force in 1990 as a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in astronautical engineering and a minor in Russian language. He has served in a variety of air and space operations and staff positions, including operations tours in the 50th Space Wing, the National Reconnaissance Office, the 32nd Air Operations Group and the Space Warfare Center. His operational commands have included the 4th Space Operations Squadron, the 50th Operations Group and the 21st Space Wing. He has also served at U.S. Strategic Command as Director of the Commander’s Action Group and as Deputy Director for Operations, and in the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, as an Air Force intern, as Deputy Chief of Space Strategy and Integration, a speechwriter and as a senior space policy advisor. Prior to his current assignment, Maj. Gen. Shaw, was the Deputy Commander of Air Force Space Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado.