New yr, new navy department, standard uniform.
The United States Space Force on Friday unveiled the identify tapes for its utility uniforms, showcasing the blue embroidered identify on a camouflage uniform — a lot to the web’s delight and confusion.
“The first #SpaceForce utility uniform nametapes have touched down in the Pentagon,” the Space Force stated on Twitter.
In the picture shared by the Space Force, blue thread was used for the identify tape that’s worn above the left breast pocket. The Army makes use of black and the Air Force makes use of “spice brown,” an Air Force official stated on Saturday. A brand, a seal and an emblem for the Space Force stay below growth.
The Space Force announcement shortly drew questions as social media customers homed in on the camouflage uniform to which the identify tape was connected. The photograph impressed “Star Wars” jokes, and a few mused about future battles on the Forest Moon of Endor.
Even Mark Hamill, who performed Luke Skywalker within the “Star Wars” franchise, weighed in.
“Unclear on why there’s a need for camouflage … in space … ” George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu on “Star Trek,” wrote on Twitter.
The Space Force defended the uniform on Twitter, saying the newest branch of the armed forces, which was established last month, was “utilizing current Army/Air Force uniforms, saving costs of designing/producing a new one.”
Camouflage, it said, would not be needed in space.
“Space Operators are on the ground, on Earth working with joint partners like the @usairforce and @USArmy,” it said. “Hence utilizing their uniform.”
Laurie Leshin, the president of Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and a former senior executive at NASA, said in an email that “it’s easy to see why folks on Twitter would find the initial Space Force uniform amusing.” She added, “who doesn’t love a good Moon of Endor joke?”
But, she said, the announcement was a reminder “that most space professionals work on the ground.”
“The fact is, the vast majority of the women and men serving in the Space Force will be doing their important work right here on Earth, just like other members of the military,” Ms. Leshin said. “The same is true for people at NASA.”
“I’m sure that, should the day come that members of the Space Force fly in space, they will do so in specially designed flight suits, just as our NASA astronauts do,” she added.
President Trump called for the creation of the Space Force in 2018.
It describes itself as “a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.”
On its website, it said that space had become “essential to our security and prosperity — so much so that we need a branch of our military dedicated to its defense, just like we have branches of the military dedicated to protecting and securing the air, land, and sea.”