Space Force continues to stand up despite coronavirus pandemic

Jack Murphy
March 27, 2020 - 12:00 pm
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket lifts off from launch complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with a payload of a high frequency satellite Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

AP Photo/John Raoux


Gen. John Raymond the commander of the Space Force says they are following the government's guidance for preventing the spread of COVID-19, and forward progress in standing up America's newest branch of service continues unabated. To prove his point, the Space Force launched its first national security rocket on Thursday.

"The approximately $1 billion satellite is the sixth and final one in the U.S. military's Advanced Extremely High Frequency series. Upgraded from the older Milstar satellites, the constellation has provided secure communication from 22,000 miles (35,400 kilometers) up for nearly a decade.  A powerful Atlas V rocket hoisted the 13,600-pound (6,168 kilogram) satellite. The new Space Force seal adorned the United Launch Alliance rocket," AP reports.

Meanwhile, some events are worthy of ceremony and Gen. Raymond wants to wait until people no longer have to socially distance themselves in order to do them right. "We're going to rename Patrick Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, Peterson Air Force Base, Buckley Air Force Base for example...that requires a ceremony, we want to do that right," he said in a press conference Friday. "We'll schedule those when we can do them in an appropriate manner," ( this quote is still confusing, summarize this in an indirect way. Ex., He said they will be changing the names of two of their bases, then say what they are,, it all runs together and makes the eyes go crazy trying to discern it)

Raymond explained. Cape Canaveral Air Force Station will also change its name to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, but that ceremony is on hold as well. 

The Space Force is also continuing to develop its identity and symbols that will make up the branch's unique esprit de corps. "The logos, the seals, and the uniforms, and all that work continues to happen," Raymond said.

"There is not a more exciting place to be in the Department of Defense right now than in the United States Space Force," he said.

Raymond went on later in the press conference to describe how as the Space Force is being stood up they are looking at innovative ways to task organize the branch rather than recreate legacy military organizational structures from the past. "We want to be very bold, we want to not be tied to the past and do things innovatively," he said.

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