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VCSO visits SSC, shares vision for new field command

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U.S. Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson, addresses Space Systems Command Guardians and Airmen at an all call inside SSC’s Gordon Conference Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, Oct. 4, 2021. During the briefing, Thompson discussed the Space Force’s core values, the “4 Cs,” from the newly published U.S. Space Force’s talent management plan, the Guardian Ideal: character, connection, commitment and courage. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Moore)

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U.S. Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson addresses Space Systems Command Guardians and Airmen at an all call at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, Oct. 4, 2021. During the briefing, Thompson discussed acquisition integration, the newly published U.S. Space Force’s talent management plan, the Guardian Ideal, and moving faster as a force. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Moore)

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U.S. Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson (center) speaks to Space Systems Command Commander Lt. Gen. Michael A. Guetlein (left) and Los Angeles Garrison Commander Col. Becky Beers (right), at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, Oct. 4, 2021. During his visit, Thompson met with SSC leadership and program leaders, and held an all call for SSC Guardians and Airmen. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Moore)

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U.S. Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson speaks with members of the 61st Medical Squadron at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, Oct. 4, 2021. Thompson lauded the hard work and dedication by the 61st Medical Squadron for their on-going efforts against COVID-19. (U.S. Space Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Moore)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- U.S. Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Gen. David D. Thompson met with Guardians and Airmen during his visit to Space Systems Command Oct. 4, marking his first visit to SSC since its activation.

Thompson, who is the first VCSO in USSF history, made resolute expectations for the newly formed field command during an All Call with SSC Guardians and Airmen.
 
“SSC needs to re-energize its approach to seeing, understanding and rapidly developing while fielding new capabilities to keep us ahead of threats that we see from China and others,” Thompson said.

Noting the important mission that SSC has in the space domain, Thompson stressed to its members to help the U.S. Space Force hasten its pace. 

“We have to ask members of SSC to tell us what they need in order to change policy and regulations, and even work with congress to change laws that will allow us to move faster,” Thompson said. 

Furthermore, Thompson recognized the importance of bringing prosperity to SSC through ever-expanding partnerships in the acquisitions community.

“Commercial companies are moving so rapidly,” he stated. “We need to develop partnerships with the commercial sector to understand what they are doing as well as be able to leverage it to our benefit.”

Thompson re-emphasized the roles of leadership for SSC as well as other field commands that will help build a more lean and agile U.S. Space Force.

“We have to put authority and responsibility back into the hands of the senior materiel leaders to give them the authority and resources to stay engaged at a strategic level.” Thompson continued. “But leave them alone to do the business we have trained them to do.