It was just before Christmas 2019 that the U.S. Space Force was officially launched as the sixth branch of the nation’s military — joining the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.
On the anniversary earlier this week, Vice President Mike Pence unveiled the official name to be used for those serving in this branch: guardians.
“On behalf of the president of the United States”
Joined by other top officials at the White House on Friday, Pence announced the major development in the fledgling Space Force.
“And so 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 near the end of his remarks.
As the vice president noted, “soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come.”
Chief of Space Operations General Jay Raymon was also on hand for the anniversary celebration.
Accompanying the ceremony was a news release announcing the name for the branch’s “space professionals” as well as its official logo and a motto, “Semper Supra,” which is Latin for “always above.”
“Connects our proud heritage and culture to the important mission”
As the statement explained, it was a “yearlong process that produced hundreds of submissions and research involving space professionals and members of the general public” that went into determining a proper name for those serving under the new branch.
The news release noted that the term “guardians” already has a history in U.S. space operations “tracing back to the original command motto of Air Force Space Command in 1983, ‘Guardians of the High Frontier.'”
Furthermore, the Space Force added that the name “connects our proud heritage and culture to the important mission we execute 24/7, protecting the people and interest of the U.S. and its allies.”
The president wrote: “One of the Trump Administration’s great achievements into the future will be the authorization and start up of the SPACE FORCE. 75 years since Air Force. Congratulations to all!”