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First U.S. Space Force enlistees graduate at JBSA Lackland

The first 7 US Space Force enlistees graduated alongside a whole bunch of latest US Air Force airmen at a ceremony in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — The latest department of the U.S. Armed Forces marked a significant milestone Thursday as the primary U.S. Space Force enlistees graduated from primary navy coaching alongside a whole bunch of airmen from the 320th Training Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. 

Previously, the U.S. Space Force welcomed academy graduates into its ranks and U.S. Air Force airmen have transferred into the department; these are the primary start-to-finish enlistees of this nature to graduate, in keeping with navy officers.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett gave remarks to rejoice the milestone, as coaching instructors and U.S. Space Force leaders congratulated each newly-graduated airmen and the brand new U.S. Space Force members making historical past. 

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond mentioned the brand new members are headed to Sheppard Air Force Base after which Vandenberg Air Force Base for additional coaching, as they proceed teambuilding and studying expertise essential for the missions on which they’re going to function. 

Chief Gen. Raymond shared that San Antonio- which regularly stakes a declare as “Military City”- will proceed to play a significant function in coaching.

“San Antonio plays a big role in this,” Gen. Raymond mentioned. “Just like in the Air Force, we will rely heavily on Air Force training command to help us recruit, help us assess, do that initial training.”

San Antonio can also be within the working as a finalist for the brand new web site of “Space Command,” a division of the U.S. Space Force.

Gen. Raymond says the U.S. Space Force’s function will embrace working GPS satellites and missile warning satellites, working radars and conducting launch operations. With many world networks and operations centered in house, he says defending U.S. and allied property is essential- and the department will probably be charged with defending these property.

“It has become a contested domain,” Gen. Raymond mentioned. “There’s threats from reversible jamming, directed energy, threats like lasers that can blind satellites, to missiles that can launch from the ground and destroy satellites, to cyber threats. As we are reliant on space capabilities, we strongly understand you can’t take those for granted anymore.”

Hear extra on the department’s mission beneath, and click on here to study extra.

Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman, Senior Enlisted Advisor for U.S. Space Force, says the primary enlistees had been chosen from a pool of extremely certified candidates, and that curiosity within the department is excessive. He says {qualifications} to affix the US Space Force are like these of the US Air Force, and that every applicant is interviewed earlier than choice. 

To study extra about enlisting, click on here.


Amy Biggers, Virginia Beach, VA

Giahna Brown, Woodbridge, VA

Delvano Brown, Gaithersburg, MD

Benjamin Nevoraski, Virginia Beach, VA

Shane Brown, Colorado Springs, CO

Elijah Engelby, Colorado Springs, CO

Nathan Ramage, Falcon, CO

USSF leaders’ names and titles

Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond

Chief of Space Operations

Chief Master Sgt. Roger A. Towberman

Senior Enlisted Advisor, U.S. Space Force


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