Sunday 19 January 2020

Space Force Commander Sworn In

Service guarantees citizenship! A ceremony has been held in which General John W "Jay" Raymond took an oath of office and became the first ever commissioned officer of the United States Space Force. This is a few weeks after President Donald Trump officially established it, see here for essential background: The event was handled by the Vice-President Mike Pence and Col. Curtis Fernandez of the National Space Council. It took place in the Vice-President's Ceremonial Office in Washington DC. The people all stood while a US Air Force choir-member sung The Star Spangled Banner. Interestingly the national anthem of the USA contains the lyric "and the rocket's red glare". The composer of the anthem was referring to signal rockets launched by the US Army during the Anglo-American war of 1812. However, there is a strange cosmic joke with the anthem being sung at the establishment of a space force; perhaps doubly so because rockets themselves are obsolete technology that are only used today because of the secrecy in which free energy and antigravity are held. In the background link above I go into more detail about that. After the song there were prayers led by a chaplain; this is America after all. Then Vice-President Pence did a speech, thanking various individuals, including some of the names in the above background article. Gen. Raymond took his oath with his hand on the bible and became the first ever Chief of Space Operations. Then he made a speech about his personal feelings, with some humour. Mixed with that was the usual statements about the supposed need to extend military might into space, although just as a "deterrent", Gen. Raymond said. Source: There has been some criticism of the USSF uniforms; they supposedly look too much like those of the other services. There has been particular scorn shown to the DPM camouflage utilities that are worn during everyday duties. Why do space force members need to wear them when they're only meant for land forces? One reason is simply military culture and traditions. Members of the navies and air forces often wear them, both in the States and other countries. Also it is far cheaper to make them. Instead of a tailor designing and weaving totally new outfits, they usual line can be continued, simply with different badges on them. The same goes for the officers' dress number 1's. They're the same colour as the USAF's, and for the same reason. This question came up on the recent episode of the Mind Set Podcast, see: Where this new organization will lead us in the 2020's is anybody's guess, but in the background links, above and below, I explore possibilities. Would you like to know more?

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