“We should have started this a long time ago, but we made up for it in spades. We have developed some of the most incredible weapons anyone’s ever seen. It’s moving along very rapidly, and we have tremendous people in charge,” said Trump at the unveiling.
The Space Force marks the first new service and accompanying service flag in more than 72 years, according to the White House. There are 16,000 professionals assigned to the military branch, according to Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond.
The dark blue and white flag is emblazoned with “United States Space Force” and Roman numerals MMXIX (2019) and features a globe, a Delta Wing, an elliptical orbit, a white Polaris, two clusters of small stars and three larger stars, according to the White House.
The design is meant to represent the vast recesses of outer space, with the globe signifying the Space Force fighters’ home and the Delta Wing drawing the force’s ties to the US Air Force in symbolizing change and innovation. The elliptical orbit is meant to signify defense and protection, as well as interagency cooperation and allied partnerships, and the white Polaris represents the force’s constant vigilance, the White House said.
“Space is going to be the future. Both in terms of defense and offense and so many other things,” Trump said Friday. “Already, from what I’m hearing and based on reports, we are now the leader in space.”