(MILITARY.COM) – President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence joined the welcoming ceremony Thursday for new Defense Secretary Mark Esper, at which all three pledged to carry out the creation of the U.S. Space Force as the sixth branch of the military.
In his remarks at the full-honors ceremony on the Pentagon grounds, Trump said that the mere mention of "launching the United States Space Force" is one of the top crowd-pleasers at his campaign rallies. "They go absolutely wild," he said.
"We're well on our way" to making the Space Force a reality, Pence added.
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Esper said he is committed to following Trump's mandate to "create for the first time in 70 years a new branch of the service, a United States Space Force."