The Trump administration celebrated the first birthday of the U.S. Space Force on Friday by announcing that its members will be known as "guardians." (Dec. 18)
MIKE PENCE: Welcome to the first anniversary of that branch of our armed forces that will ensure for generations that America remains as dominant in space as we are on land and sea and air. Welcome to the first anniversary of the United States Space Force.
The idea, though, in its conception was not a new one. For more than 50 years, presidents and military leaders had discussed a branch of our military dedicated to ensuring American national security in and from space. But time and again, those efforts faltered.
But I would submit to you that it is a tribute to the leadership of our commander in chief, a tribute to the extraordinary military leadership gathered here today, that this time with bipartisan support in just 1 and 1/2 years, the United States Space Force was born. 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.
Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come.