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Team Hill Airmen become Space Force Guardians

Captain Sergio Martinez, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, gets his patches replaced by his son at the U.S. Air Force Space Induction Ceremony Feb. 5, 2020

Captain Sergio Martinez, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, gets his patches replaced by his son, Anders, at the U.S. Air Force Space Induction Ceremony Feb. 5, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Enlisted inductees give the Oath of Office at the U.S. Space Force Induction Ceremony by Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland.

Enlisted inductees give the Oath of Office at the U.S. Space Force Induction Ceremony, Feb. 5, 2021, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, officiated the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Specialist 4 Jake Sevier, 729th Air Control Squadron, has his patches replaced by his wife

Specialist 4 Jake Sevier, 729th Air Control Squadron, has his patches replaced by his wife, Kimberly, at the U.S. Air Force Space Induction Ceremony Feb. 5, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Officer inductees give the Oath of Office at the U.S. Space Force Induction Ceremony, Feb. 5, 2021

Officer inductees give the Oath of Office at the U.S. Space Force Induction Ceremony, Feb. 5, 2021, at Hil Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Sergeant Roxanne Esler-Groschel, 729th Air Control Squadron, has her patches replaced by her husband, Tech. Sgt. Scott Esler

Sergeant Roxanne Esler-Groschel, 729th Air Control Squadron, has her patches replaced by her husband, Tech. Sgt. Scott Esler, at the U.S. Air Force Space Induction Ceremony Feb. 5, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Specialist 3 Michael Shoemo, 729th Air Control Squadron, gives the Oath of Office at the U.S. Space Force Induction Ceremony

Specialist 3 Michael Shoemo, 729th Air Control Squadron, gives the Oath of Office at the U.S. Space Force Induction Ceremony, Feb. 5, 2021, at Hil Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Second Lt. Matthew Farnya, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, gets his patches replaced by his father

Second Lt. Matthew Farnya, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, gets his patches replaced by his father, William, at the U.S. Air Force Space Induction Ceremony Feb. 5, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Captain Joshua Gasser, Minuteman III Directorate, gets his patches replaced by his wife, Megan.

Captain Joshua Gasser, Minuteman III Directorate, gets his patches replaced by his wife, Megan, at the U.S. Air Force Space Induction Ceremony Feb. 5, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Thirteen officers and seven enlisted members transitioned into the U.S. Space Force from the U.S. Air Force from Hill. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Twenty officers and enlisted personnel from the Hill Air Force Base community were inducted into the Space Force during a virtual ceremony, Feb. 5.

The Team Hill Airmen were asked to volunteer for the newly created force that serves to protect allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.

Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, officiated the ceremony and administered the oath to the inductees.

“Accelerating change into the farthest boundaries of aerospace is now your focus,” said Kirkland while addressing the inductees.

The transfer was officially commemorated by the removal of the spice brown threaded Air Force tapes and flag of the inductee’s OCP uniforms and replacement of them with Space Force blue threaded tapes and a colored flag.

Many of the new Guardians were excited to be a part of a brand-new branch of military including Capt. John McCrea, a Minuteman III engineer.

“Ever since I came in the Air Force, I wanted to do space,” said McCrea. “The opportunity to be part of something new and to help build it from the beginning is very interesting to me.”

Second Lt. Miguel Garibay, a countermeasures engineer and new Space Force inductee, said it was his childhood dream to be involved with space operations.

“I have always been super interested in space ever since I was a kid,” said Garibay. “Initially I wanted to work on drones and work my way up to spacecraft eventually, I didn’t think the chance would come this soon.”

For Spc. 3 Michael Shoemo, becoming a Guardian is another adventure in his military career.

“I am always interested in new things,” said Shoemo. “Seeing a brand-new military branch develop and being a part of it is very exciting.”

The officers who transferred to the Space Force were: Capt. Joshua Gasser, Capt. Scott Hedden, Capt. Derek Holsapple, Capt. John McCrea, 1st Lt. Blake London, 1st Lt. Kevin Oh, 1st Lt. Jordan Smith, 2nd Lt. Matthew Faryna, 2nd Lt. Nicolas Gagalis, 2nd Lt. Miguel Garibay, 2nd Lt. Dane Norman, 2nd Lt. Jacob Schneider, and 2nd Lt. Joseph Travaglini.

The enlisted who transferred to the Space Force were: Sgt. Roxanne Esler-Groschel, Sgt. Mitchell Francis, Sgt. Brett Mills, Spc. 4 Jake Sevier, Spc. 3 James Brooks, Spc. 3 Shakayle Ellis, and Spc. 3 Michael Shoemo.

The ceremony had limited attendance due to COVID-19 restrictions and was broadcasted virtually by the 2nd Audio Visual Squadron.