President Obama today nominated Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, to head U.S. Strategic Command.

Strategic Command, based at the Offutt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons, missile defenses and space warfare mission.

The four-star general has commanded the Air Force Space Command since 2007, and served as the commander of the 21st Space Wing at Peterson from 2000 to 2002.

He said he was honored by the president’s nomination and looked forward to the U.S. senate’s confirmation process.

After entering the Air Force in 1975, Kehler quickly climbed the Air Force ladder, commanding at the squadron, group and later wing levels.  He holds a broad range of operational and command experience including tours as a commander for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile operations, space launch, missile warning and space control.

He also served two years as the deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command before taking over at AFSPC.


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