First seven Space Force direct enlistees have graduated from basic training, and the Space Force head becomes 8th member of the Joint Chiefs.
About a year ago, we reported that President Donald Trump had officially launched the “U.S. Space Force,” which would bring the nation’s military space capabilities under one organization.
Now, after reviewing hundreds of submissions for member designation, Vice President Mike Pence on Friday announced that Space Force service personnel will officially be known as “Guardians.”
“Sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines and guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come,” Pence said.
The veep made the comments during a White House ceremony marking the service’s upcoming first birthday on Dec. 20.
The Space Force said the name was picked out of hundreds of submissions during a yearlong process.
“Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations,” the service said in a tweet, noting that the motto of the former Air Force Space Command was “Guardians of the High Frontier.”
“The name Guardians connects our proud heritage and culture to the important mission we execute 24/7, protecting the people and interest of the U.S. and its allies.”
Many on social media were very enthusiastic about the announcement.
I unapologetically like the #SpaceForce. ☺️
— House of Kindling ? (@ofkindling) December 19, 2020
There were many entertaining references to the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
— El Rey (@RealGooseyMane) December 19, 2020
— Evan Sanders (@evanbsanders) December 19, 2020
Of course, the haters have got to hate…no matter the subject.
— Jodi Vittori (@j_vittori) December 19, 2020
There have been been other developments related to the Space Force as well. The first seven people to enlist directly into the U.S. Space Force have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
The five men and two women, who graduated Dec. 10, were among 414 recruits who completed seven and a half weeks of training, according to an Air Force announcement.
Training began Oct. 20 following the recruits’ swearing-in at Fort George G. Meade Military Entrance Processing Station in Fort Meade, Md.
The new Space Professionals are Amy Biggers, Virginia Beach, Va.; Giahna Brown, Woodbridge, Va.; Delvano Brown, Gaithersburg, Md.; Benjamin Nevoraski,
Virginia Beach, Va.; Shane Brown, Elijah Engelby, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Nathan Ramage, Falcon, Colo.
Finally, the Joint Chiefs of Staff gains a new member as Space Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond joins the highest-ranking military, deliberative body in the Defense Department.
The induction of Raymond points to the growing importance of space in American life. It also highlights the increased importance of the domain to the military. “We recognize it clearly as a warfighting domain. And we also know that we, the United States, we’ve got to maintain capabilities in that domain if we are going to continue to deter great power war,” Milley said during the ceremony.
“This is an incredibly important organization for the United States military and for the United States as a country. And it’s really important what we’re doing today, which is [to] induct you as an official member into the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”
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