From the RUSI-VI online Zoom webinar featuring Brigadier General Kevin G. Whale recorded on Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.
Space Operations Command (SpOC) is a field command of the United States Space Force (USSF). Headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, it is responsible for the organization, training, equipping, command and control, and employment of space forces to support operational plans and missions for U.S. combatant commanders. SpOC is also responsible for the Space Force’s launch wings, 30th Space Wing and 45th Space Wing until the activation of Space Systems Command. Space Operations Command was established on 21 October 2020.
BGen Kevin G. Whale is currently the Canadian Exchange Officer at US Space Force’s Space Operations Command. Previous to that appointment he was Director General and Joint Force Component Commander for Space, RCAF at NDHQ from August, 2017 until April, 2020 when he was posted to US Space Operations Command. BGen Whale enrolled in the CAF in 1986 achieving his pilot’s wings in 1990 completing operational qualifications on Kiowa, Twin Huey, AH-64A/C Apache and Griffon helicopters providing a comprehensive background in tactical aviation mobility, reconnaissance and aerial firepower operations. This was accomplished through tours with 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, Petawawa, the 1st Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas, and 400 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Borden. He was also Commanding Officer 427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron, Petawawa and Wing Commander, 1 Wing, Kingston.