Space Army soldiers will be called “guardians”, Vice President Mike Pence announced on Friday.
“It is my honor, on behalf of the President of the United States, to announce that the men and women of the United States Space Force will be known as protectors,” Pence said at the White House. “Soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and guardians will protect our nation for generations to come.”
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The new name comes after the sixth branch of the army which unveiled its logo, flag and “Sempra Supatra” earlier this year.
“Forces is a name with a long history in space operations, tracing the original command motto of Air Force Space Command in 1983, ‘The Guardians of the High Frontier’,” Space Force said on Friday.
“The name Guardian connects our glorious heritage and culture with the important mission that we execute 24/7, protecting the people and interests of America and its allies.”
The Space Force was formed a year ago with an estimated size of 16,000 troops and an annual budget of $ 15.4 billion for now.
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General J. Head of Space Operations. “The men and women of the Space Force have written an impressive, very impressive, first chapter of our history,” Raymon said at the White House on Friday. “From the dawn of the space age, the United States has long understood that access to space and freedom in space underlines our economy, our passion for science and exploration, and our national security.”
The branch’s responsibilities include “developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, maturing military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present our combat commands.”
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As the space force tightens up, terrorists from other countries are also going into space.
Russia on Tuesday tested a weapon system “capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit”.
China is also developing weapons that can carry American satellites, and Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard sent its first satellite into space in the spring.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.