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U.S. Space Force celebrates 4th anniversary

The newest branch of the U.S. military is celebrating its fourth anniversary today. The U.S. Space Force, officially established by President Trump in 2019, was created to address the increasing importance of space, not only as a domain of national security, but everyday life.

The branch is a part of the Department of the Air Force and has roughly 8,600 uniformed members that are known as “Guardians.” It is expected to grow significantly over the next year with a requested 2024 budget of $30 billion as individuals in the army, navy, air force, and marines transfer into the service.

The Space Force specializes in operating missile detection networks and a set of satellites known as the Geographic Positioning System constellation. The organization also protects as many as 6,718 active satellites.

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The genesis of the Space Force can be traced back to the early days of the Cold War. Space was quickly recognized as a crucial domain for national security, leading to the creation of interstellar military units. The United States Air Force (USAF) was primarily responsible for military operations in space, including the launch of satellites and other space-based technology crucial for communication, navigation, and surveillance.

Today, Space Force is marking its fourth official anniversary guarding space.

U.S. Rep Dale Strong (R-Monrovia) marked the occasion across his district, which includes Huntsville, Redstone Arsenal, and an expansive manufacturing base that has supported American defense for over half a century.

Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth also took to social media recognizing the occasion, while emphasizing the mission-driven need for Space Command to be located to Alabama.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) also underscored that note across the state from the Rocket City.

The U.S. Space Force operates six Space Force bases, two of which host orbital launches for the its satellites and spacecraft. They include:

  • Buckley Space Force Base-Aurora, Colorado
  • Los Angeles Air Force Base-El Segundo, California
  • Patrick Space Force Base-near Satellite Beach, Florida
  • Peterson Space Force Base-Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Schriever Space Force Base-Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Vandenberg Space Force Base-Lompoc, California

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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