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WATCH: New Space Command Flag Unfurled in Rose Garden Ceremony

On Thursday, President Donald Trump inaugurated the new Space Command at a ceremony in which the military command’s new flag was unveiled. Air Force General John Raymond will lead the USA’s newest joint command, which will “defend America’s vital interests in space,” said the President.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper watch as the flag for the new the U.S. Space Command is revealed in the Rose Garden at the White House August 29, 2019 in Washington, DC.

The flag was unfurled in a Rose Garden ceremony, and features the new seal for the joint command, which Gen. Raymond also presented to President Trump during the event.

“Those who wish to harm the United States, to seek to challenge us on the ultimate high ground of space, it’s going to be a whole different ballgame,” said President Trump during his remarks.

Space Command is now the 11th joint combat command. “We no longer have the luxury of treating space superiority as a given,” said Gen. Raymond on Thursday. “There is a growing threat. The scope, scale and complexity is concerning.”

President Trump reiterated at the ceremony that the reestablishment of the joint command is just one step, and will “soon be followed — very importantly — by the establishment of the United States Space Force as the sixth branch of the United States Armed Forces”

[Featured photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]

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