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Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Space Force on VBC Happy Hour – Monday, February 6 @ 7pm ET

Date: February 6, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Zoom, Facebook, YouTube
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The US Space Force just celebrated its 3rd birthday and remains the least understood of the service branches. Carved out of the Air Force by passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, USSF was the first new military service since the creation of the Air Force itself in 1947.

Join us for a conversation about all things Space Force with Colonel Matthew A. Morand, who commands one of the largest ROTC programs in the nation at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Col Morand swore the oath of allegiance to Space Force in February 2021, after 25 years as an Air Force officer. He’ll tell us what the move means for him, and what the stand-up of Space Force means for the country and the future of warfare.

The birth of Space Force signals an acknowledgement that the incalculable expanse beyond the atmosphere of earth is now a realm of great power competition. Space Force “Guardians,” as service members are called, are trained to police that realm and protect US spacecraft—satellites, especially—from attack.

Take GPS, for example. The technology that guides our driving, locates our cellphones, and allows us to search the globe on our keyboards–Global Positioning System (GPS)–was created by the Pentagon during the late stages of the Vietnam War.

Today, this satellite-based radionavigation system runs much of the world, from banking transactions to agricultural automations to healthcare infrastructures. If GPS went down, our world would become chaotic.

One of Space Force’s major missions is operating the GPS system and protecting it from harm, accidental or intentional.

Space Force Guardians, then, are aptly named. Bring your questions and insights to the conversation with Col Morand so we can all understand better this new addition to the United States Armed Forces.

Sponsored by D&D Auto Salvage and Tobacco Free Adagio Health.  Simulcast to Facebook and YouTube.

Soul Soldiers: Stories of Black Vietnam Veterans on VBC Happy Hour – Monday, February 13 @ 7pm ET

Date: February 13, 2023
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Zoom, YouTube, Facebook
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About 300,000 African Americans served in the Vietnam War, and many more wore the uniforms during the long Civil Rights Era of the 1950s and 1960s. On this VBC Happy Hour, we talk with some of these veterans as well as historian Samuel Black, author of Soul Soldiers: African Americans and the Vietnam Era and Director of the Museum of African American History at the Senator John Heinz History Center. Join us for this conversation about race, history, the military, what has changed since Vietnam.

Sponsored by D&D Auto Salvage and Tobacco Free Adagio Health.  Simulcast to Facebook and YouTube.

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