Pence helps graduate first Space Force officers at Air Force commencement

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Vice President Mike Pence attended the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony Saturday and celebrated the first Space Force officers to graduate.
WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence attended the 2020 commencement ceremony at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Saturday, making the trip outside of Washington amid the coronavirus pandemic to celebrate the very first graduating officers that will serve in the Space Force.

"I know we gather at a time of great challenge," Pence said. "While we don't quite look like the usual graduation at the Air Force Academy, let me tell you this is an awesome sight and I wouldn't be anywhere else."

Of the nearly 1,000 cadets graduating Saturday, Pence said that 86 of them would make up the first company of officers in the new Space Force.

The ceremony, typically held in the Falcon Stadium, was moved to the more spacious terrazzo at the center of the campus to allow…
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