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JTF-SD members transfer to Space Force

The Joint Task Force - Space Defense is the latest organization to conduct its transfer ceremony into the U.S. Space Force at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Oct. 23, 2020. During the ceremony, 11 field grade officers took the Oath of Office, signifying their official transfer from the United States Air Force into the United States Space Force.  (U.S. Space Force Photo by Dennis Rogers)

The Joint Task Force - Space Defense is the latest organization to conduct its transfer ceremony into the U.S. Space Force at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Oct. 23, 2020. During the ceremony, 11 field grade officers took the Oath of Office, signifying their official transfer from the United States Air Force into the United States Space Force. (U.S. Space Force Photo by Dennis Rogers)

Col. Marcus Jackson, Joint Task Force - Space Defense (National Reconnaissance Office) deputy director, takes the Oath of Office during a transfer ceremony into the U.S. Space Force at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Oct. 23, 2020. Col. Scott Brodeur, JTF-SD director of operations, and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, JTF-SD senior enlisted leader, hosted the ceremony. (U.S. Space Force Photo by Dennis Rogers)

Col. Marcus Jackson, National Space Defense Center deputy director, takes the Oath of Office during a transfer ceremony into the U.S. Space Force at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Oct. 23, 2020. Col. Scott Brodeur, JTF-SD director of operations, and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, JTF-SD senior enlisted leader, hosted the ceremony. (U.S. Space Force Photo by Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Eleven field grade officers from Joint Task Force - Space Defense transferred to the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force Oct. 23, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado.

JTF-SD’s mission is to conduct unified action with mission partners, space superiority operations to deter aggression, defend capability and defeat adversaries through the continuum of conflict.

The ceremony’s presiding officials were Col. Scott Brodeur, JTF-SD director of operations, and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, JTF-SD senior enlisted leader.

“This is a momentous occasion for us,” Brodeur said. “Today is a day we should look on in envy and be proud of what’s about to happen as some of the first senior leaders we will have in the Space Force transfer.”

The transferees joined Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond, USSF Chief of Space Operations, Chief Master Sgt. Roger Towberman, USSF Senior Enlisted Advisor, the 86 U.S. Air Force Academy graduates and other space professionals as members of the USSF.

Also in attendance were JTF-SD leadership and friends and family of the transferees.

“This was a great opportunity for friends and family to witness a historical event,” Jackson said. “Transferring is a great growth opportunity and I’m proud to be serving in the U.S. Space Force.”

The transfer comes nearly two months after enlisted personnel were able to transfer into the USSF. The process for officers is different as they must resign their commission within the USAF and be reconfirmed into the USSF.

“These [officers] believe in the mission and vision of the Space Force in the future,” Brodeur said. “They get to define the next evolution of the Space Force. They are going to lead us into the next generation and define [the] space warfighting culture.”

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