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Space Force swear Major General with Stormtroopers

Major General DeAnna Burt, Commander of Combined Force Space Component Command, is sworn into the US Space Force by Second Lt. Wellington Brookins, a US Space Force officer assigned to the 533rd Training Squadron, during an International Space Day celebration May 7, 2021, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The midday event for CSpOC and Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) personnel included opening remarks from the CSpOC/Space Delta 5 Commander, Col. Monique DeLauter, a rocket design and launch contest, and a cornhole tournament, followed by a brief transfer of duty ceremony for the CFCSC Commander, Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt.

Major General DeAnna Burt, Commander of Combined Force Space Component Command, is sworn into the US Space Force by Second Lt. Wellington Brookins, a US Space Force officer assigned to the 533rd Training Squadron, during an International Space Day celebration May 7, 2021, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The midday event for CSpOC and Combined Force Space Component Command (CFSCC) personnel included opening remarks from the CSpOC/Space Delta 5 Commander, Col. Monique DeLauter, a rocket design and launch contest, and a cornhole tournament, followed by a brief transfer of duty ceremony for the CFCSC Commander, Maj. Gen. DeAnna Burt.
Photo: US Space Force photo by Michael Peterson

Normally, when a new Major General is sworn in, it is a solemn and dignified affair. When Major General DeAnna Burt was sworn into the US Space Force last month at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, it involved people dressed as Stormtroopers. I thought what many of you are probably thinking: Wait a minute, Stormtroopers? Are we, in fact, the villains?

According to Task and objective:

Case in point: Major General DeAnna Burt was recently sworn into the Space Force at a ceremony attended by cosplayers dressed as Imperial Stormtroopers, an Imperial Guard, Boba Fett and Darth Vader, according to footage from the event May 7 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Neither of the above star wars the characters can be described as “good guys”, with the possible exception of Darth Vader, whose commitment to increasing lethality is legendary. (Ultimately, he too fell victim to the failure of the Empire’s counterinsurgency strategy.)

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US Space Force spokesman Mike Pierson explained that the Star Wars re-enactors were volunteers from the local community who helped celebrate International Space Day at the Combined Space Operations Center.

Calling cosplayers “reenactors” is going a bit too far. What historical event were they supposed to recreate? The time the US government teamed up with the Empire to crush rebel scum? The time we bombed Alderaan?

Vadar I get it (kinda), but Fett is just a bounty hunter and always struck me as an amoral character who cared about himself. Space pirate vibe set. America has a long history of trying to kill piratesso I don’t know how it fits together exactly.

Of course, they’re the franchise’s most instantly recognizable characters, at least the ones not wearing cinnamon rolls on their heads. I guess if you had good guys from the star wars movies in there, it wouldn’t immediately follow. They’re American soldiers, not egg-headed Jedis. Nor are they mobs in mismatched uniforms fighting against a fascist state. But if Space Force doesn’t even identify with one of the good guys… that makes them, at the very least, do not nice ones, right? And if we’re supposed to take the Space Force seriously as a military branch, why were they there?

This is by no means a dig at Burt, who has an incredibly impressive resume with a long list of decorations, education and service during his time in the United States Air Force. She could most likely crush my head like a peanut with her biceps while reciting quadratic formulas. I bet she dominated the cornhole tournament held after the swearing-in.

Honestly, can we just ditch Space Force altogether and go for a more Starfleet vibe? Less war, more exploration, like NASA but with slimmwearing jumpsuits and diplomats instead of generals. The logo already resembles that of the badges and communication uniforms of star trek. Hell, launch a real Starfleet and Jason Torchinsky and I would be firstt in line to serve our country.