NUTLEY, NJ - The Township of Nutley Board of Commissioners formally recognized the first birthday of the United States Space Force by official proclamation.

The proclamation, introduced by Public Affairs Commissioner John V. Kelly III, was approved at the Dec. 1, 2020 open public meeting. Space Force was established on Dec. 20, 2019. 

The proclamation reads:

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WHEREAS, the U.S. Space Force (USSF) is a new branch of the Armed Forces. It was established on December 20, 2019 with enactment of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization and currently has 16,000 individuals assigned to the Space Force which is an option given to the Air Force cadets at the Air Force Academy as of 2019;

WHEREAS, the primary mission of the U.S. Space Force as directed by Congress is to maintain, protect, and expand the U.S. fleet of advanced military satellites that form the backbone of U.S. global military operations; WHEREAS, the USSF was established within the Department of the Air Force where, meaning the Secretary of the Air Force has responsibility for the USSF, under the guidance of the Secretary of Defense. Additionally, a four-star general known as the Chief of Space Operations (CSO) serves as the senior military member of the USSF;

WHEREAS, on Sept. 1, 1982, the Air Force established AFSPC, with space operations as its primary mission. Cold War-era space operations focused on missile warning, launch operations, satellite control, space surveillance and command and control for national leadership. In 1991, Operation DESERT STORM validated the command's continuing focus on support to the warfighter through the use of GPS to enable the famous “Left Hook,” proving the value of space-based capabilities;

WHEREAS, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the president directed military action against Afghanistan and Iraq. AFSPC provided extensive space-based support to the U.S. Central Command commander in areas of communications; positioning, navigation, and timing; meteorology; and warning. In 2005, the Air Force expanded its mission areas to include cyberspace; WHEREAS, in July 2018, the Air Force cyber mission transferred to Air Combat Command, which generated the greatest capacity for an integrated Information Warfare capability within the Air Force. This move allowed AFSPC to focus on gaining and maintaining space superiority and outpacing our adversaries in the space domain; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Commissioners, in the Township of Nutley, County of Essex, State of New Jersey, thank our Nutley members of the Space Force and recognizes and celebrates the United States Space Force on its 1st Birthday.

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