US Space Force Flag Unveiled
May 18, 2020
Defense leaders presented the flag of
the Space Force to President Donald J. Trump today in the Oval Office.
The flag of the newly created armed service will hang alongside those of
the other military services at the White House.
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper called the presentation of the flag historic. "The United States has been a spacefaring nation for decades," he said during the short ceremony.
The creation of the Space Force was
necessary because adversaries have "weaponized" space, he said. Space is
a warfighting domain. "The United States is now doing what it needs to
do to protect our assets in space and ensure that space remains the
heavens by which we not only protect America, but we sustain our
economy, we sustain our commercial capabilities, we sustain Americans'
way of life," Esper said.
Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond, commander of the U.S. Space Command and the
nation's first chief of space operations, thanked the president for his
support of the 16,000 space professionals assigned to the Space Force.
Those men and women come to work every day focusing on providing space
capabilities for our nation for joint coalition forces and for the
world, Raymond said. "We're proud of this flag. We're proud to have an
opportunity to present it to you here for display in the White House,"