President Donald Trump Signs NDAA, Authorizes Space Force | NBC News

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Published: 12/21/2019

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It'S now signed for the first time since president harry truman created the air force over 70 years ago. Think of that we will create a brand new american military service at such a momentous statement. Seventy years ago, the air force with my signature today, you will witness the birth of the space force and that will be now officially the sixth branch of the united states armed forces. That is s ...
mething really incredible. It'S a big moment, that's a big moment and we're all here for space gon na be a lot of things happening in space, because space is the world's newest war fighting domain amid grave threats to our national security. American superiority in space is absolutelyvital and we're leading, but we're not leading by enough, but very shortly, we'll be leading by a lot. The space force will help us determine and control the ultimate high ground. I particularly want to thank vice president mike pence. He was so involved in this with me. This was a real with the spirit, the the love that i think we can say mike that we both had for this project, because we realized how important it is to our military to our future, to our defense. So important and it's going to blend in magnificently with everything else that we have so i want to thank mike pence mike. Thank you very much great job man itwas nearly half a century from kitty hawk to the creation of the air force, and now it's 50 years after apollo 11, that we create the space force.

With today's signing, i will proudly appoint general j raymond, the first chief of space operations, and he will become the very first member of the space force and he will be on the joint chiefs. He will be on the joint chiefs after years of unrealized promises by other politicians. I honor my commitment today, as i sign paid parental leave with a federal civilian workforce, that's paid into law. So thank you very much. That'S a very big thing, paid parental leave. Other thing that they've been trying toget for many years as we head into christmas, i'm proud to report that we're giving every soldier sailor airman coast, guardsman and marine a well-earned pay raise in january. Each of you will see the largest increase that you have had in such a long time fact. It goes back so far that a lot of people don't even know what that day it is. I can just tell you it's a lot of money and i say it and i say it again if you'd like not to take it, if you'd like to make a donation to your great country, please just let us know we'll give you a little bit less Any takers by the wayi don't know: hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights and digital exclusives thanks for watching.


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