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Readout of US Space Force Chief Operations Officer Lt. Gen. DeAnna Burt’s Travel to Germany and the UK

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  • Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
Lt. Gen. DeAnna Burt, Deputy Chief of Space Operations for Operations, Cyber, and Nuclear, traveled to Germany and the U.K. May 22-26 to reaffirm enduring space partnerships and deepen multilateral cooperation between the U.S. Space Force, NATO allies and partners, and U.K. Space Command.

During her time in Germany, Burt visited Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) and NATO Allied Air Command’s NATO Space Centre. She met with U.S. Air Force Gen. James Hecker, USAFE-AFAFRICA and NATO Allied Air Command Commander; U.S. Space Force Col. Max Lantz, USAFE-AFAFRICA Director of Space Forces; Italian Air Force Maj. Gen. Gianluca Ercolani, NATO Allied Air Command Chief of Staff; German Air Force Brig. Gen. Christoph Pliet, NATO Allied Air Command Deputy Chief of Staff; and other allied and partner nation officials.  

At Headquarters USAFE-AFAFRICA, Burt was briefed on progress made toward the future standup of a U.S. Space Force component to U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command (SPACE-EURAF). The realignment of Guardians under the geographically-based component will provide organic space expertise in support of operations and deployed personnel assigned to the combatant commands.

At the NATO Space Centre, the leaders discussed the successful integration of space-based capabilities during recent combined, joint interoperability exercises in the region.

While in the U.K., Burt met with Royal Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Paul Godfrey, U.K. Space Command Commander; Royal Air Force Air Commodore Adam Bone, U.K. Space Command Head of Space Operations, Plans and Training; Royal Canadian Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael Adamson, Director General Space and Joint Force Space Component Commander; and other U.K. and Canadian officials.  

The engagement served as an opportunity for trilateral classified conversations between the U.S., U.K. and Canadian space senior leaders. At the unclassified level, the three sides discussed ways to bolster the Military Personnel Exchange Program to increase interoperability throughout each country’s space-centric military units.

Burt also delivered keynote remarks at the Defence iQ Space Operations Summit in London, where she emphasized the importance of mutually beneficial relationships with allies, partners and industry. The annual event aims to explore ways in which nations are working together to defend space-based capabilities and secure freedom of action in space.

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