“I’m happy to say that it looks like in the very near future, our ISR group may switch to a space intel mission,” Camp said, using the acronym for “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.”
“I wanted to make that public and I think that’s exciting news for Springfield,” Camp said.
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And Col. Kimberly A. Fitzgerald — who made history Sunday by becoming the 178th Wing’s first female commander — also said the unit was “throwing its hat in the ring to be a part of the Space Force mission.”
Guard officials said they hope to know more about the effort in 30 to 60 days.
A request for further information was left Monday with a spokeswoman for the Ohio National Guard.
“I’ve known for a couple of months this was going to happen but still, it’s crazy to imagine,” Fitzgerald said Sunday. “The actual flag being passed, in front of a thousand people from the wing, it’s exciting. I’m so happy to have the chance to represent the people of this wing.”
In June 2018, President Donald Trump ordered the Pentagon to begin planning for a “Space Force,” a sixth independent military service branch to undertake missions and operations in the domain of space.
And announced this summer: A new “U.S. Space Command” will be the military’s unified combatant command in charge of the country’s defense operations in space. It will become the Defense Department’s 11th unified combatant command, alongside the U.S. Strategic Command, the U.S. Special Operations Command and other commands that serve specific functions or geographic regions.