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​Gen. John Hyten, commander of Air Force Space Command, passes the 14th Air Force guidon to Lt. Gen. David Buck during an Aug. 14, 2015 change of command ceremony at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. USAF photo by Michael Peterson.

Lt. Gen. David Buck took command of Air Force Space Command's 14th Air Force (Air Forces Strategic), and the Joint Functional Component for space, US Strategic Command, at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., on Aug. 14, according to a news release. US Navy Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of US STRATCOM, and Gen. John Hyten, commander of AFSPC, presided over the ceremony, held at Vandenberg's Joint Space Operations Center. Buck takes command from Lt. Gen. John Raymond, who will be the Air Force's new deputy chief of staff for op​e​​rations. Buck said he is excited to be back at Vandenberg, where he served previously as commander of the 30th Space Wing. "There is no doubt these are exciting and dynamic times," he said. "In many ways we are at a crossroad. We have the obligation to transform our culture and drive the operational imperatives to enable us to effectively operate in this congested, degraded, and operationally limited domain. I'm anxious to roll up my sleeves and get to work." Buc​k, who started his career as an enlisted airman and reached the rank of technical sergeant before receiving his commission in 1986, previously served as vice commander of Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colo.