The Guardians: Happy Birthday, US Space Force!

By Faye Higbee

One year ago today, the newest branch of the US Military was born. In spite of the similarities of logos, the U.S. Space force isn’t Star Fleet. The name for the members of the newest branch of the United States Military will now be called “Guardians.” Previously we’ve had Soldiers, Seamen, Airmen, and Marines. After a year long search of ideas from varied areas, the service branch settled on “Guardians.”

Vice President Pence announced the name at a White House event on December 19. Gen John Raymond, SF Commander, reminded attendees that the name “Guardians” traces its history back to 1983, in which the Air Force Space Command members were called “guardians of the high frontier.” (SOFREP) Nearly all of the current 4,000 Space Force personnel are from the Air Force. It’s an upgrade from when the branch first started with only two members.

The Trump administration championed establishing the U.S. Space Force culminating in the legislation signed Dec. 20, 2019, that formed the first U.S. armed force since the Air Force was established in 1947. “That historic moment was a culmination of an effort that began from the early days of this administration — from almost the first moment that the president and I spoke about space when we were campaigning for these jobs,” Pence said. “He had a dual focus of renewing American leadership in human space exploration, but also ensuring that America remained as dominant in space as we are in land and air and sea.”

There are roughly 4,000 Guardians in the U.S. Space Force — all from the Air Force. One of the newest members of the service is in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Space Force Col. Michael Hopkins, a NASA astronaut, transferred from the Air Force to the Space Force. This is a far cry from earlier this year when Gen. John “Jay” Raymond and Chief Master Sergeant Roger Towberman were the only two members of the Space Force. 

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The US has been fighting to push ahead even as China and Russia have ratcheted up their military might in space. Obama did a huge disservice to the US ability to answer the developments of our “peer rivals” with the “sequester.” It is unclear how a Biden admnistration will handle this newest branch – he has already promised to make the military take a back seat and raise up diplomacy rather than “strength” (which could prove disastrous on several levels.)

The branch so far has two military bases: Patrick Space Force Base and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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The Guardian motto: Semper Supra – Always Above!

As Commander in Chief, I send my best wishes to the men and women of the United States Space Force on its first birthday!

Over 50 years ago, Americans produced one of history’s most triumphant achievements by taking “one small step for man” and “one giant leap for mankind.”  As our beautiful American Flag was planted on the Moon’s surface, it was clear what had brought humans to this new and wondrous frontier—the American spirit.  One year ago, we opened another chapter in the extraordinary history of American leadership in space, and strengthened America’s heritage as the world’s greatest arsenal of democracy.  Today, I commend the brave Americans who have taken their oath and joined the Space Force’s ranks, and the many more yet to join, for taking another giant leap toward a brighter future for all.

Now, we stand at the birth of a new era.  As space exploration and commercialization continues to increase, our Nation’s boundless future will be built upon the success of the Space Force and its members.  True to their motto, “Always Above,” the Guardians of the United States Space Force ensure our Nation continues to maintain peace through strength by securing the farthest reaches of humanity.  These 21st century pioneers keep watch around the world by detecting missile launches, providing strategic advantages to our military and intelligence community, and propelling our Armed Forces into the future.

The United States has the most capable military on Earth, and today, we celebrate the Space Force for extending our safety and security beyond it.  May God protect all those who serve our great Nation in uniform, and may He continue to bless the United States of America.

President Donald J. Trump, December 20, 2020

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Featured photo: “United States Space Force Tech. Sgt. Eric Mistrot, 324th Training Squadron military training instructor, stands in front of his flight during the graduation ceremony, Dec. 10, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Seven members of the graduating class are the first Space Force trainees to graduate. The number of Space Force trainees will continue to increase over time as processes for recruiting and training are solidified. Approximately 312 Space Force accessions will graduate from BMT this fiscal year. Currently all Space Force accessions will become Space Systems Operations specialists.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

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