On December 8, the U.S. Space Force formally launched its first division devoted to Europe and Africa. U.S. Space Forces Europe and Africa, the new entity, will provide support to U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and U.S. European Command (EUCOM).
The Space Force component will be commanded by U.S. Space Force Col. Max Lantz and manned by about thirty military members, with its headquarters located at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
The additional component will help EUCOM meet its increasing demand for space-based functions including satellite communications and navigation.
According to Gen. Chance Saltzman, head of space operations for the U.S. Space Force, the need for specialized knowledge and committed resources is greater than ever since an expanding number of military assets depend on space-based technologies.
In order to develop a pool of space professionals who can collaborate with the Joint Force, our allies, and our partners to include space activities into our joint operations, activities, and investments, Saltzman stated, “We will integrate our space forces at the component level.”
In addition to its operational responsibilities, U.S. Space Forces Europe and Africa will work to develop solid alliances with both African countries and NATO members.
Authorities stress the significance of the space domain
“The activation of the U.S. Space Forces Europe and Africa component at Ramstein Air Base emphasizes both the fast-growing military significance of the space domain and the importance of Germany as a reliable ally and base for the U.S. Armed Forces.” said Boris Pistorius, Germany’s defense minister. “For Germany, the U.S. are the most important partner in developing and expanding space capabilities.”
The Space Force’s deployment “highlights our dedication to strengthening collaborative space capabilities across the African continent,” according to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, commander of AFRICOM.
The deputy commander of EUCOM, U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Steven Basham, stated, “Our focus is not only on protecting our space assets but also on enabling and enhancing the command’s ability to provide space effects in support of our missions alongside allies and partners.”