U.S. Senator and Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., visited North Dakota’s space assets in Grand Forks and Cavalier last week with U.S. Space Command Commander and Chief of Space Operations for the newly formed U.S. Space Force, Gen. John “Jay” Raymond. This was Gen. Raymond’s first public visit after President Trump made him Chief of Space Operations.
The day began at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, meeting with faculty and staff and touring their facilities.
Their time at UND continued with a town hall meeting, where UND ROTC and Space Studies students heard a presentation from Gen. Raymond and were able to ask him questions about the future of space.
“More than anything else, the military and intellectual assets in North Dakota are what motivated me to see the value and importance of a Space Force; and thanks to the tireless leadership and help of President Trump, Vice President Pence, and our allies in Congress, it became a reality,” said Sen. Cramer. “I was pleased to welcome General Raymond back to North Dakota, and I am glad he used his first public visit as the leader of Space Force to see our space assets firsthand. We have great potential here, and I look forward to seeing what becomes of today’s excellent conversations.”
More coverage of the Senator and General’s visit to UND is in Tuesday’s issue of UND Today.