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Representatives Lamborn and Crow Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Establish a Space Force National Guard and Reserve

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
August 31, 2021
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WASHINGTON (Doug Lamborn/Jason Crow PR) — U.S. Representatives Doug Lamborn and Jason Crow, both members of the House Armed Services Committee and Co-Chairs of the House Space Force Caucus, joined in introducing the Space National Guard Establishment Act. This bipartisan legislation will establish a Space National Guard as a Reserve component of the Space Force, our nation’s newest military branch.

“For 25 years, our National Guard space units have provided operational and tactical assistance to protect our nation’s vital interests in space and enhance our military lethality,” said Congressman Doug Lamborn. “Today, they work side-by-side with their active-duty counterparts, both in uniform and often as civilian contractors, bringing vital experience to the mission that enhances our national security space enterprise. This important legislation would officially create the Space National Guard. Colorado has more Guardsmen conducting space missions than any state in the Union. I am happy to join Rep. Crow on this important issue.” 

“The U.S. National Guard is critical to defending our interests in space and protecting our force on the ground,” said Congressman Jason Crow. “And with more than a third of all National Guard members assigned to space missions residing here in Colorado, our state will play a key role in providing a proven, ready, combat reserve to Space Force. Expanding the Force to include this National Guard component will ensure mission readiness as we continue U.S. dominance in space.” 

While the U.S. Space force has been established, there remains no reserve component for this new service. Creating a Space National Guard will provide a proven, combat-ready reserve component to the Space Force.

Nearly 2,000 personnel across 14 National Guard units have space-related missions, including some in Colorado. Colorado has the largest number of Guardsmen conducting space missions of any state.

Earlier this summer, Air Force and Space Force leadership told House Armed Services Committee members that they have completed a report required by the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act detailing how they would organize Guard and Reserve components within the Space Force.

In October 2020, Lamborn and Crow started the House Space Force Caucus to help Members and their staff about the U.S. Space Force and advocate on the Hill on behalf of our nation’s youngest military Service.