Space force

Ohio is one of the first in the state to join Space Force

AKRON, Ohio — Officials established the U.S. Space Force in 2019, and its mission is to protect U.S. interests in space against potential adversaries.

Space Force has selected a handful of Ohioans to serve in the branch, are selected to serve in the branch, and one of them is from northeast Ohio.

What do you want to know

  • The US Space Force is the newest branch of the military
  • Only a few people in Ohio have been selected to be part of this branch
  • A Northeast Ohio man is currently awaiting his ship date with the branch.

“Right now in orbit, we have nearly 1,300 satellites in space, all from different counties,” Tech Sgt. said Kelvin Boyington. “Thus, the primary purpose of Space Force is to deter any enemy threat from our competitors.”

Tallmadge native Sebastian Carter is one of the first from Ohio to be selected to serve in this branch.

“As of October 2021, we had maybe three Space Force candidates for northeast Ohio,” Boyington said. “I think we have at least 2,000 to 4,000 total people in Space Force right now, so for Ohio that’s a low number for the year.”

The 19-year-old said he always knew he wanted to join the military, but until recently Space Force was not on his radar.

“My first option was to go to the Marine Corps,” Carter said. “My brother did. My stepfather did, and I felt like I wanted to follow the same path.

His love of technology and cybersecurity led him down the path of Space Force, which focuses on America’s security in space, so there will be no space travel for the native of Ohio.

“Most of my buddies are surprised, because they didn’t even know the Space Force existed,” he explained. “Same with a lot of people I’ve spoken to.”

Right now, Carter is awaiting a job with the Space Force and a delivery date.