After a yearlong process that produced hundreds of submissions and research involving space professionals and members of the public, U.S. Space Force has shared the name by which we will know them: Guardians. This follows Vice President Mike Pence announcing the December 9, 2020 decision to shift the designation of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and Patrick Air Force Base to Patrick Space Force Base during a formal ceremony at Cape Canaveral.
The opportunity to name a force is a momentous responsibility. 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.”
The name Guardians connects the heritage and culture to the important mission the U.S. Space Force will execute 24/7, protecting the people and interest of the U.S. and its allies.