UPI is reporting that Patrick Air Force Base in Florida will be re-designated as the first U.S. Space Force base sometime in the next 30 days. The newly created Space Force became the sixth branch of the U.S. military last December when President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2020, which upgraded the existing Air Force Space Command to become a separate service.
It’s expected that Patrick SFB will be followed shortly by the re-designation of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as a Space Force Station; other possible re-designations include Schriever and Peterson AFB in Colorado and Vandenberg AFB in California.
It took some years for the U.S. Air Force to completely separate from the U.S. Army, but it appears the process is now well started.
(Here’s a bit of trivia for you: did you know that the United States has six branches of the military now, but eight uniformed branches that can commission officers? It’s true: as well as the military branches, there are also the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps — the Surgeon General is a general in the USPHS — and the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps.)