In the alphabet soup of military acronyms, Air Force Space Command's Gen. William Shelton has added a mouthful.
He's now the COMAFFOR for USSTRATCOM.
It's a change that involves manpower charts and PowerPoint slides. But it's actually pretty simple.
Shelton now commands combat forces as the "commander of Air Force Forces for U.S. Strategic Command," which is headquartered in Omaha, Neb.
"It's kind of a hard thing to wrap your arms around," admitted Brig. Gen. David Buck, director of operations at the Peterson Air Force Base command.
Strategic Command oversees America's nuclear weapons and also controls missile defense, computer defense and space operations.
The move implemented this year adds to Space Command's role. Before, the command trained and equipped airmen and sent them off to get their wartime orders from Strategic Command.
Now Shelton, Space Command's boss, is in the loop, working directly with Strategic Command's leader, Gen. Robert Kehler, to get things done in space and cyberspace.
The change allows the two generals to work together to solve problems and gives Space Command airmen a single boss.
"Gen. Shelton is in the best position to advise the war fighter (Strategic Command) for how to use those forces," Buck said.
The military has two kinds of commands. The first are major commands, such as Space Command, that fall under armed services. Those commands oversee functional areas of services. For Space Command, leaders control the military's network of satellites and lead the Air Force's growing cadre of computer warfare experts.
Fighting wars, though, falls to the nation's nine "unified" commands, including Strategic Command.
The unified commands report to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and bring together the skills of every military branch to combat problems.
Now Space Command essentially has a foot in both worlds, keeping its traditional role and gaining a seat at the table for war planning and future battles.
"You've got that four-star-to-four-star advocacy and synchronization," Buck explained.
For all but a handful of airmen in Space Command's headquarters building, the change is largely unnoticed.
Buck, though, said the increased role for space command gives its leader more voice in policy and plans down the road.
"We have the senior airman responsible for Space Command giving direct policy input to the war fighter," Buck said.