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“After consultation with our Great Military Leaders, designers, and others, I am pleased to present the new logo for the United States Space Force, the Sixth Branch of our Magnificent Military!” Trump posted with the new logo.
The backlash was almost immediate.
Actor and frequent Trump critic George Takei, who played Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, joked that, “We are expecting some royalties from this…”
New York Times culture reporter Sopan Deb, who posts often about his affinity for Star Trek, also joined in on the revelry.
“What if….Star Trek is real and Trump invented Starfleet? And that someone was sent from the future to create it today?” Deb tweeted.
The inspiration for the new Space Force logo, however, has precedent closer to its purpose than a hit television franchise. The precursory Air Force Space Command had a similar logo, as pointed out by John Noonan, senior counsel for national security for Sen. Tom Cotton and former U.S. Air Force officer.
The active-duty airmen and civilians working for Air Force Space Command were automatically assigned to the Space Force with its passage into law last month.
The Senate passed a defense policy bill establishing the Space Force in mid-December. The bill has been a major talking point for Trump, touting it at rallies and using it to bolster himself as a strong defender of the military. Though Trump likes to take credit for its creation, the Space Force first came up as an idea in the House Armed Services Committee in 2017.