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Tyndall Airmen shoot for the stars

Two uniformed members stand to take an oath

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Dale Klei (left) and Jared Kotvas (right), of the 325th Communications Squadron, officially swear into the U.S. Space Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 10, 2021. Klei and Kotvas are two of four members stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base to transition to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas)

Two uniformed members stand to take an oath

U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Jared Kotvas (right) and Dale Klei (left), of the 325th Communications Squadron, swear in during a U.S. Space Force transition ceremony on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 10, 2021. Kotvas and Klei went from Airman to Guardian after this ceremony. Both individuals will now hold the rank of Specialist 4.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas)

Uniformed member stands to give speech.

U.S. Space Force Capt. Nicholas Hoover, 53d Test Support Squadron special devices flight commander, addresses the audience after being sworn into the U.S. Space Force at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 10, 2021. Hoover will remain on Tyndall Air Force Base until receiving his new orders through the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas)

Uniformed members takes oath to transition to Space Force.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Nicholas Hoover, 53d Training Support Squadron special devices flight commander, right, is sworn into the U.S. Space Force by Lt. Col. Christopher Byrne, 53d Test Support Squadron commander on Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Feb. 10, 2021. Hoover became the first joint service flight commander in 53d TSS and 53d Weapons Evaluation Group history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jacob Dastas

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Four of Tyndall Air Force Base’s best are now official U.S. Space Force Guardians. With high hopes and expectations, many of the Airmen wanted to be part of history.

“The Air Force has been wonderful to me and has given me many opportunities to serve and grow, for which I will always be grateful; I fully expect the Space Force will be no different,” said Senior Airmen Jared Kotvas, 325th Communications Squadron defense team operator. “The creation of a new branch of the armed services is a monumental milestone for the US military… I saw an opportunity to be part of it and I took it.”

“I decided to transfer from the (U.S. Air Force) to the (U.S. Space Force), because it is something new. It is not every day that someone can say ‘I was part of the initial set up of that branch’,” said Senior Airmen Dale Klei, 325th CS wing cybersecurity office and base information system security officer.

Airmen transitioning to the U.S. Space Force at Tyndall have become proficient and skilled in their respective fields. With the knowledge gained from their time at Tyndall, their experience will bolster the growing Space Force.

“I was selected for transfer to the Space Force to perform a similar role as to my current position,” Kotvas said. “My job is to make sure that Tyndall’s mission succeeds and are defended against potential threats.”

To initiate the transition process, Airmen first had to apply for U.S. Space Force positions.

“The process began in May of 2020 with open applications for the transfer of common (Air Force Specialty Codes). I applied and was notified on 30 October 2020 of my acceptance,” stated Capt. Nicholas Hoover, 53rd Test Support Squadron special device flight commander.

“The transition process was extremely smooth,” said Kotvas. “Career Development in the (Military Personnel Flight) was extremely helpful and the folks over there made it as simple as possible for me.”

As Airmen from all over the Air Force transfer to the Space Force, the ranks of the new branch will be filled with talented Guardians. Their mission as a whole will be to protect the U.S. and allied interest in space and bolster joint operations throughout the Department of Defense.

“By separating the Space Force into its own branch, a greater emphasis can be placed on operating procedures and environments that benefit the space domain,” Hoover said “Overall, I believe that the Space Force transition will be a huge boon to the Air Force, Space Force, and the DoD as a whole.”