The U.S. President Trump, on Friday, unveiled the new logo for the U.S. Space Force, the newly established sixth branch of the Armed Forces.
“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!”, said Trump in a tweet unveiling the logo.
After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military! pic.twitter.com/TC8pT4yHFT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 24, 2020
“The creation of the U.S. Space Force seal pays tribute to the newest Armed Service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force. The U.S. Space Force seal honors the Department of the Air Force’s proud history and long-standing record of providing the best space capabilities in the world”, said the U.S. Space Force in a statement.
The delta symbol, the central design element in the seal, was first used as early as 1942 by the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF); and was used in early Air Force space organization emblems dating back to 1961. Since then, the delta symbol has been a prominent feature in military space community emblems.
The new logo is similar to that of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), which was the predecessor of the Space Force, which also includes the delta symbol. The logo is also strangely similar to the logo for the fictional Starfleet in the Star Trek Sci-Fi franchise.
The Space Force was established on Dec. 20, 2019, when President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). On that day he also appointed Raymond to lead the Space Force.
Although directed by its own military leadership, the Space Force is nested within the Department of the Air Force, much as the Marine Corps is connected to the Department of the Navy.
The Space Force’s overarching responsibility is training, equipping and organizing a cadre of space professionals who protect U.S. and allied interests in space while also providing space capabilities to the joint force. The Space Force’s mandate includes developing military space professionals, acquiring military space systems, refining military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces for use by combatant commands.
Gen. John W. Raymond was recently sworn in as the highest-ranking military leader of the U.S. Space Force by Vice President Mike Pence during a White House ceremony.