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Senators Endorse Space Force Reserve but Question Guard

June 15, 2020
Capt. Jennifer Staton, a space operations officer, Sgt. Cassandra Quinones and Pfc. Miranda Yost, geospatial engineers, use mapping software during the multi-state large-scale, natural disaster emergency response exercise Vigilant Guard 2014, hosted by the Kansas National Guard in Salina, Kan., Aug. 4-7. The Soldiers are a part of Army Space Support Team 30, 117th Space Support Battalion with the Colorado National Guard. (Photo by Capt. Benjamin Gruver, 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

From the Air Force Magazine website

The Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed the creation of a reserve component for the Space Force in new legislation but wants more evidence that a Space National Guard is necessary as well.

The committee this week approved its version of the fiscal 2021 defense policy bill 25-2, and the legislation could head to the Senate floor for a vote by the full chamber as early as next week.

When Congress approved the new Space Force in the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, it stopped short of adding a Reserve and National Guard like those that accompany the Air Force. Reservists and Guardsmen already regularly handle space missions as part of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, and service leaders are pushing for those roles to continue.

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