Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka
U.S. Space Force Service Members Receive Commissary Benefit • FORT LEE
On Dec. 20, 2019, Congress established the U.S. Space Force (https://www.spaceforce.mil/) within the Department of the Air Force. One year later, the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) will deliver the commissary benefit to Space Force’s service members and their families.
“At DeCA, we are proud to celebrate Space Force’s first birthday and pledge our commitment to delivering an efficient commissary benefit to our patrons in this command,” said Marine Sgt. Maj. Michael R. Saucedo, senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director.
“Over the last 60 years, American ingenuity and ambition has sent us to the moon, landed a rover on Mars and sent satellites into the furthest reaches of space,” he added. “Space Force was established to continue that legacy, with a mission to protect U.S. and allied interests in space, and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.”
SPACE FORCE HISTORY
Space Force’s path to becoming a new branch of the armed services began with the Air Force, which established the Air Force Space Force Command (AFSPC) on Sept. 1, 1982.
With the fiscal 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) officially designating AFSPC as the U.S. Space Force, the country will be better prepared to react to an ever-changing strategic environment, according to Space Force Gen. John Raymond, chief of Space Operation.
“I think there’s a realization amongst nations that access to space is no longer a given,” said Raymond in a Nov. 25 Department of Defense (DoD) news article. “We’ve got to make sure that we stay ahead of this growing threat.” (https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2427918/chief-of-space-operations-discusses-need-for-outreach-to-partners-state-of-spac/).
DELIVERING THE BENEFIT
Raymond said an estimated 600 service members will call Space Force home. No matter the number of members, DeCA will continue delivering their benefit.
“We exist to provide the benefit to all eligible beneficiaries, and Space Force is a valued member of our patron base,” Saucedo said. “We wish them all the best on their first birthday, and I want their service members and their families to know their commissary saves them thousands of dollars annually when compared with civilian supermarkets.”
Members of Space Force, along with other active duty and reserve component counterparts, may shop at any of DeCA’s nearly 240 commissaries at U.S. military installations around the world.
Edited by Larry Lapka