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Space Force members now called 'guardians'

By T.K. Randall
December 19, 2020 · Comment icon 10 comments

Even the logo looks somewhat familiar... Image Credit: US Space Force
Service members of the recently established US Space Force have been given a rather familiar new title.
"It is my honor, on behalf of the president of the United States, to announce that henceforth the men and women of the United States Space Force will be known as guardians," said Vice President Mike Pence during the first anniversary celebrations for the newest branch of the US military.

"Soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come."

Predictably however, the new title very quickly became a topic of debate and derision on social media with users noting its obvious similarity to the name of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

"It took you a year to come up with a Star Trek logo and a Marvel name?" wrote one Twitter user.

Even James Gunn - director of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies - got in on the action by posting up a Tweet in response to Mike Pence's speech which read - "Can we sue this dork?"
The official US Space Force Twitter account promptly posted up an explanation for the choice.

"Today, after a yearlong process that produced hundreds of submissions and research involving space professionals and members of the general public, we can finally share with you the name by which we will be known: Guardians," it wrote.

"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 our proud heritage and culture to the important mission we execute 24/7, protecting the people and interest of the U.S. and its allies."

Source: Sky News | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado 4 years ago
Related: Guardians of the Galaxy's James Gunn reacts to U.S. Space Force dubbing its members 'Guardians': 'Can we sue?' EW dot com  
Comment icon #2 Posted by toast 4 years ago
I agree with this but only if the female soldiers are shaped and dressed like Seven of Nine. Or like Barbarella.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
I agree with this wholeheartedly.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
It's april fool already ?
Comment icon #5 Posted by pallidin 4 years ago
So, will the direct-action military component be called "Storm Troopers" ?!   
Comment icon #6 Posted by Trelane 4 years ago
Clearly, there are a lot of people who haven't sat through senior officials press conferences or have no idea how nicknames and monikers are attached or designated for units or major commands.
Comment icon #7 Posted by third_eye 4 years ago
At least they're not calling themselves "Space Lords" ~
Comment icon #8 Posted by cerberusxp 4 years ago
How about T'Pol?  Well, it used to be called Solar Guardian before Trump brought it out of the closet! 
Comment icon #9 Posted by mesuma 4 years ago
A George Carlin joke springs to mind.
Comment icon #10 Posted by TomBarnes 4 years ago
I don't know. I think 'rocket men' says it all....Guardians is too mehhhh. Lets call them Rocket Men or Flash Gordons or Captain Kirk-ites or Sky Captains of The Spaced Out Ones.

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