Guam – “We are the perfect point to launch the squadron,” according to Major Josephine Blas, Guam National Guard’s public affairs officer, describing the initiative to launch a space control squadron on Guam.
While an official announcement is still pending, the Guam Air National Guard has informally announced the initiative during the confirmation hearing of Lt. Col. Esther Aguigui, the nominee for adjutant general for the Guam National Guard.
Blas said, “Guam is the perfect place in the Pacific. We are right in the middle of the Pacific, the pivot, as they call it. We are an American soil, so we are the perfect point to launch the squadron, as such.”
As part of the Air Force Initiative to grow the Space Control Program, Blas said between 70 and 88 full-time and drill-status guardsmen and women will be added to a Space Control Squadron on Guam.
The squadron will be responsible for delivering defensive or offensive counter-space and space situational awareness to rapidly achieve flexible and versatile effects in support of global and theater campaigns.
The concept of space being the next frontier for warfare has been around for decades, since President Ronald Reagan publicly announced his Strategic Defense Initiative missile defense system intended to protect the United States from ballistic strategic nuclear weapons.
Here’s more about the initiative:
Official announcements for Guam’s Space Control Squadron will be made sometime next month.