(CNN)President Donald Trump has nominated Gen. John Raymond to lead the recently created US Space Command, defense officials confirmed Tuesday.

Raymond, who currently serves as the commander of Air Force Space Command based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado will serve in both posts for an undetermined period of time if confirmed by Congress.

The command oversees some 30,000 space personnel worldwide.

Raymond was commissioned as an officer in the Air Force in 1984 and has held various roles in the Air Force's space enterprise.

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told Congress Tuesday that the establishment of Space Command should be given priority within the proposed Space Force, calling the command "the easiest and most impactful" of the various aspects of the Force.


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