In 2019, President Trump converted the US Air Force Space Command into a new military service: the United States Space Force.
Its members will be known as “Guardians” rather than Astronauts, and most have transferred from the Air Force. New Guardians are trained at Air Force recruit training centers. Here is the mission statement: “The USSF is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping Guardians to conduct global space operations that improve how our joint and coalition forces fight, while providing decision-makers of military options to achieve national objectives.”
Space Force members will continue the mission of their old organization, mostly monitoring all hardware in orbit and watching for incoming threats like asteroids and comets. They also plan to launch military missions from their new space force bases at Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral. You can check the facts online at www.spaceforce.mil.
Right now the Guardians are wearing Air Force uniforms, but I want to see something new; not StarFleet but more like the EarthForce uniforms from “Babylon-5”. I would also like to see Elon Musk design and build Space Force ships named and ordered to be home-based in orbit or on Luna. One day in the years to come, we may begin to see Space Force veterans joining our organizations!
American Legion Station 41 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Stations 473 and 6337 will begin holding joint planning meetings beginning at 1 p.m. this Saturday, January 22 in the meeting room at American Legion Station 41. We will form committees and seek volunteers, plan menus and events for Armed Forces Appreciation Day, Version 2.0, which will be celebrated on May 21 on Armed Forces Day at Texas County Fairgrounds.
Veterans Organizations in Texas County:
• American Legion Post 41 meets at 6:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the west end meeting room of Chilton Oil Company in Houston (just north of Pizza Hut). Changes to membership eligibility now allow U.S. veterans of all branches and periods of service to join the American Legion.
• Fleet Reserve Association Branch 364 meets at 2:30 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month at American Legion Post 41 meeting room in Houston. The FRA exists to serve all veterans and active duty members of the US Navy, US Marine Corps and US Coast Guard.
•Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 473 meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at its mall on US 63 north of Cabool. La Poste offers a free dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month, open to everyone.
• The town of Licking has Veterans of Foreign Wars extension 6337, with a meeting hall on Main Street, just south of Highway 32. Meeting information will be included in next month’s column.
Houston resident Robert E. Simpson is a retired US Navy chief electronics technician who served from 1969 to 1990. Email [email protected]