Space force

North Texan named Space Force’s first cyber warfare officer

A UT Dallas graduate made United States Space Force history on Sunday.

Jessica Thompson has been named a lieutenant and the first cyber warfare officer in the history of US Space Command. It is the newest military branch in the country which was formed less than three years ago.

Thompson is an Air Force veteran who also worked in private banking. And while earning two master’s degrees, she worked as a teaching assistant at UT Dallas.

“Space Force is by far the smallest service right now. I think we’re about 8,000 in uniform. But we’re only going to get to about 16,000. Much smaller than the other services, so we have to be very selective on who we bring in,” Colonel John Smail said.

RELATED: Vice President Mike Pence announces new name for Space Force members: ‘Guardians’

“It’s just such an honor. I feel like all of my experiences in the civilian and military worlds came together at the perfect time and I’m so grateful to everyone who supported me and created this opportunity. “, said Lt. Thompson. .

The Space Force commissions qualified civilian cybersecurity professionals directly into service as officers, even without prior military experience.