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Highlighting the values of the U.S. Space Force

As we continue focusing on the importance of military core values, this week, we will turn to the youngest service, the U.S. Space Force (USSF). Established on December 10, 2019, the USSF resulted from widespread recognition that space is a national security imperative. When combined with the growing threat posed by strategic competitors in space, it became clear that there was a need for a military service focused solely on pursuing superiority in the space domain.

• Character: We defend the Constitution and serve our nation. Consequently, high ethical standards are the foundation of our lives. We act with integrity, remain accountable for our decisions, and honor our obligations to our mission, fellow Guardians, and loved ones.
• Connection: We’re connected by a common purpose, knowing that we’re stronger together than we are individually. We treat everyone with empathy and respect and harness different perspectives to fuel innovation. In doing so, we tap into the very best each of us has to offer.
• Commitment: We are committed to mastering ourselves, our profession, and our domain. We see opportunities to learn and grow as a team where others see obstacles. And through making the best use of our teammates’ diverse strengths, we will achieve feats considered impossible by our adversaries.
• Courage: We are steadfast and stand up for what is right, regardless of the circumstances. We are biased toward action and accept risk, when necessary, to secure and defend our nation. We act and speak fearlessly, knowing our teammates and leadership are unwavering.

So, you may be asking, what is the difference between NASA and the Space Force?
The Space Force protects and defends American military capabilities and economic interests in space, while NASA astronauts and scientists are dedicated to space exploration and scientific discovery.

Next week, we will conclude our series on military values by sharing two other branches that have a history of being called to serve in times of war.


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