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To mark the first birthday of the US Space Force, members will now be known as 'guardians' and the government is denying that the inspiration came from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement on Friday where he outlined the development of the newest branch of military.
He said: "It is my honour, 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.
"Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and guardians will be defending our nation for generations to come."
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. pic.twitter.com/Tmlff4LKW6- United States Space Force (@SpaceForceDoD) December 18, 2020
The Pentagon is deadly serious about the name, despite some jokes on Twitter - apparently it was actually a year long process to get there.
The Space Force Twitter account explained: "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.
"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."
James Gunn isn't convinced though and suggested suing...
In response to the announcement, one person wrote: "Guardians of what, exactly?" While another added: "It took you a year to come up with a Star Trek logo and a Marvel name? Was your backup the Go-go Gadget Galactics or something?"
A third commented: "Legit thought this was a twitter account for a new superhero movie, but no, it's the actual US government cosplaying like a 10 year old who got a lightsaber for Christmas."
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