Service members who are part of the Space Force will now be called “guardians” according to a statement from Mike Pence.
“It is my honor, on behalf of the president of the United States, to announce that henceforth the men and women of the United States Space Force will be known as guardians,” Pence said during a White House ceremony marking the service’s first birthday.
“Sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines and guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come,” he added. “On behalf of your commander in chief, let me urge each and every one of you guardians to keep pushing, keep pushing, keep pushing the vision and the mission of the United States Space Force, which is to ensure that America remains as dominant in space … as we are on land and sea and air.”
The name goes all the way back to Air Force Space Command’s original 1983 motto, “guardians of the high frontier,” the Space Force added in a news release.
The Space Force was created as the sixth branch of the military with President Donald Trump’s signing of the annual defense policy bill on Dec. 20, 2019.
Though Trump started branding the name Space Force, the idea for a separate branch of the military for space originated as a House idea in 2017.
The new branch is aimed to protect U.S. assets in space, such as satellites.
The Space Force announced its “semper supra” motto and delta logo in July. The official logo came after Trump in January unveiled the service’s official seal, which has colloquially been referred to as the logo.
In May, Trump also unveiled the official flag, which included the seal.