Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations Tests Positive for Coronavirus

October 29, 2020 by Reece Nations
Lt. Gen. Thompson at 34th Space Symposium (Photo by David Grim Air Force Space Command Public Affairs)

Gen. David Thompson, the United States Space Force Vice Chief of Space Operations, tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Department of the Air Force said in an email. 

Thompson was tested Oct. 28 after learning that “a close family member, with whom he had contact, tested positive for the virus,” according to the department’s email. Although he was on leave last week, Thompson returned to work at the Pentagon on both Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26 and 27, respectively.

USSF Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown Jr. and Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett each respectively tested negative and will not quarantine, Ann Stefanek, chief of Air Force media operations, told Air Force Magazine.

Thompson, who is reportedly not experiencing symptoms, will continue to work from home as he quarantines, according to AFM. Thompson took part in a virtual symposium hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association and Texas A&M University prior to his diagnosis.

The Department of the Air Force reported 8,741 coronavirus cases among military personnel as of 2 p.m. Oct. 26, according to the department’s website. Of those cases, 6,113 individuals had recovered and six remained hospitalized. 

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