VP Pence Participates in a Swearing In Ceremony


well thank you all for being here this is a distinguished gathering in a historic moment and on behalf of of the President of the United States and the first family welcome to the White House today is a historic day for our nation because today we will swear in the leader of the first new branch of the United States Armed Forces in more than 70 years the chief of Space Operations General J Raymond [Applause] [Music] [Applause] befitting the historic nature of this occasion we are joined by some of the most distinguished leaders in the American military and in the Congress of the United States I want to thank the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for being with us today and thank you for your strong support of bringing about president Trump’s vision for the United States space force Thank You secretary Esper [Music] and the still knew a secretary of the air force but someone who has thrown herself a headlong into this partnership and the launch of the United States base force join me in thanking the Secretary of the Air Force barbara berra we are also honored to be joined by so many distinguished Americans including distinguished members of Congress who are with us here today and we’re truly grateful for both of their yeoman work in seeing to it that the National Defense Authorization Act included the launch of the United States space Force join me in thanking senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota and Congressman Mike Rogers of Alabama thank you [Music] [Applause] in June of 2018 president Trump laid out a vision reclaim America’s heritage as the world’s greatest spacefaring nation and in those remarks he called for the creation of the space force as the sixth branch of our armed forces and today general J Raymond will take his position as the first officer of the United States space force as the first officer of the United States space force and the chief of Space Operations he will also take his seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I’m very pleased to be joined today with several members of the Joint Chiefs join me in thanking the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs General John heighten and General David Goldfine who are with us here [Music] [Applause] I am told that the idea of a space force was first spoken about during the years of the Eisenhower administration and all of the leadership gathered here the political leadership the military leadership that’s gathered here has made president Trump’s vision for a space force a reality and I know I extend the gratitude of the President to each and every one of you for helping to bring us to this historic day and to bring us to this important moment it was on December 20th 2019 the President signed the National Defense Authorization Act and signed the space force into law and the first decision the president made after establishing the space force was deciding who should be its first leader and I was around when the president made that decision and I can tell you he never hesitated he knew right away there was no one more qualified or more prepared from a lifetime of service than General J Raymond serve as the first leading [Music] more on him in a moment but I I just learned the depth of tradition of military service of this extraordinary family it is remarkable to think that since 1865 the Raymond family has worn the uniform of the United States his great-great-grandfather graduated first in his class from West Point other West Point’s graduates would include his great-grandfather his grandfather and his father I am told that in his version of teenage rebellion he headed to the Air Force what an incredible tribute what an incredible family and speaking of his family would you join me in thanking his extraordinary wife Molly for the lifetime of service [Music] brother Greg his sister-in-law better hear his sister Janet her husband bill we thank you we thank your whole family for your dedication your love for this country but most importantly we have a military mom and a military spouse who has lived that tradition and I think is maybe the proudest mother in America today would you join me in thanking general Raymond’s mom Barbara for her [Music] I think today’s remarkable turnout for this occasion just shows the importance of this position to our national security and I think it is also a testament to the respect the general J Rehman commands among his peers all across the military in the United States general Raymond was the perfect choice for the President to lead the space force because of his integrity his decades of experience particularly in understanding and leading the defense of this nation and the maintenance of our assets in space general Raymond as I mentioned has comes from a proud history of military service but himself he has served this country as an Air Force officer for more than 35 years at that time he has extensive experience overseeing all of our military operations in space for the last three years he led nearly 30,000 men and women at Air Force Space Command which is based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado he commanded the fifth Space Surveillance squadron the 21st Space Wing joint force space component command and the 30th Operations Group at Vandenberg Air Force Base that I had the privilege of visiting just last summer for his exemplary service he has a one that earned a chest full of medals from distinguished service with an oak leaf cluster that a defense superior Service Medal and the list only goes on in each of his roles over the last 35 years the general Raymond has excelled he has led with distinction and I can tell you that having met with him already about his plans to move out with the launch of the United States space Force I know the next year is going to be a busy year and we are going to see literally thousands of Air Force personnel added to the roles of the space force and the United States space force will have an extraordinary launch under general J Raymond [Applause] [Music] the general we thank you for your long service to the country we it’s my privilege now to administer to you the oath of office and and to express to everyone here the confidence of president of the United States and I and our entire administration have and I know that all of your peers have it is it is president Trump’s belief that the United States must remain as dominant in space as we are on land and sea in the air and your charge is to see to that mission with the United States space force to defend this nation and to defend our ideals and we know that you will answer that call with the integrity and with the conviction and with the professionalism that has characterized your entire career so with that be my great honor to administer the oath of office to the new chief of space operations for the United States space force General J Raymond I jump William Rankine do some of this work by gently bringing the table that I was supported defend the Constitution of the United States about support to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign against all that was formerly a bear true faith and allegiance to the same traitor true faith and allegiance to the same that I take this obligation free that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion purposes and then I will well and faithfully discharge that while the faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I’m about to enter [Music] ladies and gentlemans my privilege to introduce to you the first officer of the United States space force the chief of Space Operations general J Raymer vice-president pence distinguished guests welcome and thank you so much vice presidents thank you for officiating today’s ceremony it’s a big honor for me it’s big honor for my family more importantly it’s a big honor for the 26,000 Airmen they come to work every day focused on ensuring our access to and our freedom to maneuver in space my sincere thanks to President Trump the secretary s / secretary Barrett for the privilege of serving as the first chief of space operations I am indeed humbled secretary Barrett ma’am I look forward to serving closely with you the President and Congress have given us a great opportunity to build the force we need to respond to the challenges that we face in the space domain and with your leadership I am confident will do just that a special thanks to Senator Cramer representative Rogers and representative Cooper for their thoughtful leadership in crafting the space force legislation thank you both finally I want to thank my family for being here and for their continued support so mr. vice president you said I have integrity so I told Molly that this was going to be our last move and so integrity is a core value and the Air Force and in the United States space force however I lied and thanks for packing up I promise [Music] I promise this is the last you I have administered or taken the oath countless times all over the world I’ve done it on top of large Space Surveillance antennas in England I’ve administered the oath in on the desert sands in the CENTCOM AOR I administered oath in Japan after the great earthquake tsunami and nuclear reactor disaster and every oath is special no matter where it is administered but today this oath is historic and I’ll tell you it’s hard to match this this beautiful ceremonial office mr. vice president my understanding 16 secretaries of the Navy have occupied this office general john pershing utilized the office as the army chief of staff and as the chairman of the Battlement battle monuments commission and since 1960 every vice president but one has occupied this office when you walk into the door the history seeps out of the walls it is palpable and today we had one more historical event does it Alette long and impressive history on 20 december with the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act the president has established the United States space force is the sixth branch of the Armed Services not only is this historical but it’s critical and this establishment is absolutely critical to the National to our national security and that of our allies and it’s not lost on me or it’s not lost on the airmen that I am privileged to serve with mr. vice president we have our marching orders and we are moving out we do not want a conflict to begin or extend into space we wanted to deter that conflict from happening the best way I know how to do that is to do so from a position of strength the NDAA provides us the opportunity to start with a clean sheet of paper to build this service in close partnership with the Air Force and I want to thank my former boss now my peer and that’s gonna be hard for me to get used to saying general Dave Goldfein thank you for your partnership for your leadership and for your friendship we will be we will build this new service in a way that strengthens our joint force and allows us to move with the speed and agility needed to respond to the current strategic environment once built the space forces measures of success will be that our adversaries are deterred and that our joint and coalition partners always have the space capabilities that our modern way of war nor modern way of life depend on I can’t thank you enough for the privilege of being here today thank you for the honor of administrators oh and thanks to everybody for attending have a great day and it’s now time to get to work [Music]

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