According to the announcement of the US Vice President Mike Pence, members of the United States Space Force will now be officially called “Guardians.” This was announced during an event dedicated to the one-year anniversary of the military branch.

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

The name “Guardians” traces back to an old 1983 motto of Air Force Space Command that says: “Guardians of the High Frontier,” according to a post on the US Space Force website.

The US Space Force Guardians Poster

The United States Space Force is the space service branch of the US Armed Forces, which was established as an independent military branch in 2019, with the signing of the corresponding act. It is the smallest US armed service within the US Department of Defense.

Space Force focuses more on controlling and protecting assets such as satellites rather than exploring space. Over its first year of operation, the branch has overseen a number of satellite launches along with the start of a new mission for the X-37B space plane. It is currently managing the GPS satellite constellation.