by Jim Garamone
swear oath to the Space Force.
Soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Guardians. That's the line-up
for personnel in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and
America's newest armed service:
Space Force logo.
Vice President Mike Pence announced that personnel in the
Space Force will be called 'Guardians'...
He spoke during a White
House event marking the first anniversary of the U.S. Space Force,
"It is my honor, on
behalf of the President of the United States, to announce that,
henceforth, the men and women of the United States Space Force
will be known as 'Guardians'," Pence said during the ceremonies.
Let me urge each
and every one of
to keep pushing...
Keep pushing the
vision and the mission
of the United
States Space Force,
which is to
ensure that America remains
as dominant in
President Mike Pence
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.
That space is now a
war-fighting domain is not questioned. Russia and China are
aggressively seeking ways to cut into America's dominance in space,
He noted that Russia
conducted yet another anti-satellite missile launch.
"We're leading in
space, but our determination... is to stay in the lead to defend
America and defend our freedom from [the vantage point of]
space," he said.
The vice president also
noted that the first two space bases are up and operating:
...were renamed earlier
The Space Force has to form even as the missions continue.
"Let me urge each and
every one of you Guardians to keep pushing," Pence said.
"Keep pushing the
vision and the mission of the United States Space Force, which
is to ensure that America remains as dominant in space."