By Faye Gaston
For Veterans Day this year, we have another branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to be recognized. The new "United States Space Force" was established in late 2019 by the Administration to protect the United States assets in space.
This is the sixth branch of our military, added to the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard. The Pentagon created this new branch as part of the national security strategy, defending the final frontier: space. It is the first military branch created in seven decades.
This new branch is represented on the Joint Chiefs and overseen by an Air Force undersecretary for space.
In January 2020, President Donald Trump unveiled the logo for the new United States Space Force.
In May 2020, the official flag for the new branch was presented to President Trump in the Oval Office and is displayed in the White House. On that day he signed the 2020 Armed Forces Day Proclamation.
President Trump said, "Space is going to be the future both in terms of defense and offense and so many other things. We're now the leader in space."
He said that our country is building "incredible military equipment at a level nobody's ever seen before" and described a missile that is being developed that is the fastest in the world.
The Pentagon said these "super-duper" missiles are hypersonic weapons that will outdo foreign adversaries. President Trump said adversaries are targeting "Earth's orbits with new technology targeting American satellites. Our destiny beyond the Earth is not only a matter of national identity but a matter of national security."
The design on the flag for the United States Space Force has the North Star that signifies "our guiding light". The orbit around the globe signifies the space capabilities that fuel our American way of life and our American way of war. Three big stars symbolize the three missions of the space forces: organization, training, and equipment. The logo draws comparisons to the Star Trek Starfleet Command.
General John Raymond is the Chief of Space Operations for the U.S. Space Force.