Readout of Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman’s travel to Germany

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Chief of Space Operations U.S. Space Force Gen. Chance Saltzman traveled to Germany Dec. 4-9 to participate in the Combined Space Operations Initiative Principals Board, attend the standup of a U.S. Space Force component to U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command and engage with Guardians serving in Germany.

Saltzman’s visit began in Berlin, where he attended the annual CSpO event, which was hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Defence and brought together defense and military space leaders from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States.

CSpO is an initiative that seeks to generate and improve cooperation, coordination, and interoperability opportunities to sustain freedom of action in space, optimize resources, enhance mission assurance and resilience, and deter conflict.

During the event, participants explored ways to facilitate greater policy alignment and deepen collaboration on space operations, while reaffirming a shared commitment to a rules-based international order centered around responsible behavior in space.

Saltzman also took part in a bilateral engagement with Norway on the margins of the event, meeting with Vice Adm. Nils Andreas Stensønes, Director of the Norwegian Intelligence Service, to reaffirm the importance of close U.S.-Norway space cooperation and exchange views on shared priorities and objectives in the domain.

Saltzman then traveled to Ramstein Air Base to attend the activation ceremony of U.S. Space Forces Europe and Africa Dec. 8, the U.S. Space Force’s newest component created to support U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.

SPACEFOREUR-AF will help facilitate the integration of Space Force equities into European and Africa commands and serve as a focal point for space security cooperation with European and African partners.

Saltzman additionally visited Kapaun Air Station and Landstuhl Air Base Dec. 9 to meet with Guardians from the 3d Space Communications Squadron and 53rd Space Operations Squadron, respectively.