New space badge wear begins today|
by Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Thibault
Air Force Space Command
11/1/2005 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AFPN) -- Air Force Space Command commander Gen. Lance W. Lord authorized wear of the new space badge to begin today.
“We will unify our USAF credentialed space professional community under a single space badge -- a recognizable, distinctive symbol of the unique and challenging space mission and those who execute it,” General Lord said.
The space badge will be awarded to personnel in the following space billets: Space operations career fields, 13SX (officers) and 1C6XX (enlisted); scientific/research, 61XX; developmental engineering, 62XX; and acquisition, 63XX; upon completion of education, training and experience criteria set forth in the Space Professional Certification Program.
“The rigor of this program means the basic, senior and command badges represent the solid space credentials of the wearer and, as the most significant departure from previous badges, are not based on a single AFSC, time requirement or skill level,” the general said.
Although authorization for wear begins today, the badge will not be available for purchase in clothing sales stores until the end of the year, said Renate Smith, base clothing sales store manager here.
Embroidered versions of the badge may be purchased through commercial vendors. Space professionals need to ensure the vendors have the approved badge design. Details on the approved design can be found at www.peterson.af.mil/spacepro.
“Now more than ever, our nation’s security relies on space dominance. In that spirit, it’s time for Air Force credentialed space professionals to be recognized for their vital role in securing America’s freedom,” General Lord said. “Join me in proudly wearing this new symbol of a unique and critical element of America’s strength.”
(Courtesy of Air Force Space Command News Service)