Cape Canaveral, Air Force Base, intends to shift its space launch wing to delta space. This move by the base will help the facility become autonomous even as it changes the various units’ names in this base into deltas. Delta wing will now be the new trademark and logo for this wing marking its freedom from the Air Force.
The renaming of units to deltas began in July after the Space Force scrapping of the previous US Air Force wings and substituting them with nine deltas having two report stations. These deltas will be launching missions while the report stations will facilitate the installations in the deltas.
The other wings that are anticipating a reshuffle to become deltas are the space wings in Patrick Air Force Base and at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Florida and California. The new changes also entail the Space Force split into three branches with each branch commanding deltas and garrisons. The leaders of the branches will be generals, while those of deltas and garrisons will be colonels.
The Commander of the Canaveral Air Force Base Brig. Gen. Doug Schiess stated that more information concerning these restitutions would be divulged once operations fully resume. Schiess added that the changes would suppress and help these launch sites favorably compete with the fast-growing space explorer companies.
The deltas will be subject to surveillance and review by the commands or the Space Force branches. Schiess stated that there would be an organizational and administrative reassignment of roles to ensure that each employee or leader understands their jurisdiction area. The airbases will never be the same after witnessing this reshuffle for good.
The Canaveral Air Force Base is one of the wings that will have the privilege of experiencing a general leadership. Although the other deltas operate under colonels’ leadership, Cape Canaveral is receiving this special treatment considering its vitality in linking activities with the Kennedy Space Center.
Scheiss articulated that each delta will have a general officer for the time being to oversee operations before the generals acclimatize with the new leadership roles. He explained that one of the deltas that must have a general officer is the Patrick Air Force Base since it is still under the development stage.
Finally, the substitution of wings with deltas under a command control will help to hasten the process of resource procurement. Companies that want to collaborate with governmental space institutions will have an easy time in formulating agreements.