The US Space Force will designate its members as “custodians”, officials announced on Friday, the latest development from a military branch founded last year.
Vice President Mike Pence introduced the “Guardian” moniker at a one-year anniversary event for the Space Force, which has previously referred to its members with the relatively stilted and seemingly tentative term “professionals of the space.” ‘space”.
The Space Force said in a press release that it received hundreds of suggestions before finally settling on “guardians”, referring to the name of the branch’s precursor – Air Force Space Command – which used the motto “Guardians of the High Frontiers”.
“Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Guardians will defend our nation for generations to come,” Pence said Friday.
The Space Force said the term “Guardian” has a “long history in space operations,” but it also unmistakably resembles Marvel’s. guardians of the galaxy frankness, a perhaps unintended coincidence that some observers were quick to point out.
This isn’t the first time the Space Force deployment has drawn comparisons to alien pop culture. The branch logo, introduced earlier this year, bears an uncanny resemblance to the insignia of Starfleet, the military branch of star trek.
President Donald Trump floated the idea of creating the Space Force, a space-focused sixth military branch, two years ago. The idea initially received mixed reviews: some critics saw it as a largely redundant body whose responsibilities are already carried out by the Air Force, while others argued that a dedicated service branch protecting US satellites and other commercial and military interests in space could be helpful.
‘Guardians’ of the Galaxy: Pence announces Space Force members (Military.com)