By Duncan Smith

The United States Space Force celebrated its first anniversary on Friday with an announcement by the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.

During a ceremony, the rightful VP also noted that the U.S. military’s smallest branch (for now) has also chosen what its members will be called.

'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,' he said.

'Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come,' he continued.

The name 'Guardians' dates back to 1983 and has a long history in space operations, the USSF noted in a series of tweets.

'The opportunity to name a force is a momentous responsibility,' the statement reads. 'Guardians is a name with a long history in space operations, tracing back to the original command motto of Air Force Space Command in 1983, 'Guardians of the High Frontier.’'

As for the size of the force, Stars & Stripes has more:

The U.S. Space Force plans to almost triple in size and add a Reserve element in 2021, the service's top general said Tuesday as the newest military branch neared its first birthday.

Gen. Jay Raymond, the chief of Space Operations, will officially become a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sunday when the Space Force marks its one year anniversary. The space chief told reporters that he was optimistic about his plans to grow the force from about 2,400 active-duty troops to about 6,400 by the end of 2021.

'We were up and running on day one, and we have not let our foot off the accelerator ever since,' Raymond said in a telephone news briefing. 'The progress we have made far surpasses anything that I would have would have expected.'

Naturally, when President Trump — on recommendations from national security advisers — recommended the creation of the sixth branch of the armed forces (don’t forget the U.S. Coast Guard), he was ridiculed.

But he was ridiculed about every great idea that he had.

Anyway, the force was needed because increasingly space will become a contested warfighting domain. And now the U.S. has the only dedicated space force in the world.

And we call them Guardians.

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