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John E. Hyten
General John E. Hyten, USAF
Commander, Air Force Space Command
Place of birth Huntsville, Alabama
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1981–present
Rank US-O10 insignia.svg General
Commands held 6th Space Operations Squadron
595th Space Group
50th Space Wing
Awards Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (2)
Defense Meritorious Service Medal (3)
Meritorious Service Medal (5)

General John E. Hyten is a United States Air Force general. He currently serves as the Commander, Air Force Space Command.[1] Hyten assumed his current position on 15 Aug 2014.[2] On 9 April 2014, Hyten was confirmed by the Senate for promotion to the rank of General and appointment as Commander, Air Force Space Command.[3] On 15 March 2013, it was announced that Hyten had been nominated to be Commander, Fourteenth Air Force and Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command. This would have had him swapping jobs with the incumbent Lieutenant General Susan J. Helms.[4] However, Helms' nomination was put on hold by Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill resulting in the withdrawal of the nomination and leading to the retirement of Helms.[5][6]

Awards and decorations

Hyten is entitled to the following awards and decorations:[1]

USAF - Cyberspace Operator Wings Basic.png Command Communications and Information Badge
Basic Space Badge.jpg Command Space Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Headquarters US Air Force Badge.png Headquarters Air Force Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal
Width-44 myrtle green ribbon with width-3 white stripes at the edges and five width-1 stripes down the center; the central white stripes are width-2 apart Army Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal

Dates of rank

Insignia Rank Date
US-O10 insignia.svg General  15 August 2014
US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General  18 May 2012
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General 10 November 2010
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General 1 October 2007
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel 1 June 2002
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1997
US-O4 insignia.svg Major 1 May 1993
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain 23 August 1985
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant 23 August 1983
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant 23 August 1981


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