AND ANDREA SANDERS
On March 15, EW Allgood VFW Post 5404 hosted US Space Force Lt. Col. Jennifer Beisel and United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Aharon Smith. This event was aimed at informing and educating local veterans about the mission of the newest US space force which was created on December 20, 2019.
As a liaison between Delta 13 and the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accession and Citizen Development located at Maxwell AFB, Beisel oversees USSF interests in the Officer Training School (at Maxwell AFB), Reserve Officer Training Corp (College Program) and Junior Officer Training Corp (High School Program). Smith, a seasoned Air Force recruiter, helps fill positions in this new Department of Defense entity. These recruits are called Guardians and the rank structure is based on the Air Force structure. Currently, 13 career areas are offered for the Enlisted side and six for the Officer side. Civilian positions are also available to work with active duty personnel. The challenge is to find the right people. They are looking for people with a technological and scientific background, but more importantly who can think outside the box to find ways to overcome the challenges inherent in a new and unfamiliar battlefield.
The post learned that the primary mission is to focus on intelligence and cyber warfare to defend the interests and laws of the United States in the region of outer space near Earth called geospace. This includes the upper atmosphere, the ionosphere, as well as the magnetosphere.
It can be called the domain of Sun-Earth interactions. It’s not what one might imagine through Hollywood films such as Star Wars, Star Trek or even Space Balls.
Their mission is much more complicated and requires special skills to fight, for example, satellites that control ground operations. Thus, the knowledge necessary to operate, maintain and even build technologically advanced systems is essential. This is only part of the responsibilities of the US Space Force.
Like most organizations in their infancy, the Space Force needs logistical and administrative support, hence the close relationship that unites them to the US Air Force. It is reminiscent of the history of the Air Force when it first forged its separation from the US Army, the US Signal Corps and ultimately into what we know today as the US Air Force. Nothing happens overnight and this is no different.
Recruitment is strongest when the populace is aware and educated, and ultimately excited about the new armed service.
So if you are curious and maybe interested in an exciting new adventure in this chapter of our great American history, come aboard. You can visit the website www.spaceforce.mil. This just might be your new adventure to be a part of history.