Marine Corps stands up space unit at Offutt Air Force Base

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Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy will be dual-hatted as the commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command and Marine Corps Forces Space Command.

WASHINGTON — The United States Marine Corps activated a new unit called Marine Corps Forces Space Command as a subordinate organization to U.S. Space Command, the service announced Nov. 13.

The new organization is colocated with the Marine Corps’ cyber warfare command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. 

“The two units will remain separate and distinct commands,” a Marine spokesman said, although they will be run by a single commander Maj. Gen. Matthew Glavy.

Glavy will be dual-hatted as the commander of Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command and Marine Corps Forces Space Command.

“Space and cyber are critical capabilities in the information environment that, when brought together, can provide a competitive advantage,” Glavy said in a statement.

Marine Corps Forces Space Command was created from the existing space expertise that previously resided in the Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command that supported U.S. Strategic Command. U.S. STRATCOM’s space functions were moved to U.S. Space Command when the space unified combatant command was established Aug. 29, 2019.

Glavy reports to the commander of U.S. Space Command Gen. James Dickinson.

The U.S. Space Force and the Army are the primary providers of forces to the space combatant command. But as the command grows, there will be more Navy and Marine Corps members also supporting U.S. Space Command. 

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