Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, left, senior noncommissioned officer for Combined Force Space Component Command and Space Operations Command, poses with Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, the 5th Air Force command chief, during a Space Symposium on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES
Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, left, senior noncommissioned officer for Combined Force Space Component Command and Space Operations Command, poses with Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, the 5th Air Force command chief, during a Space Symposium on Yokota Air Base, Japan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. SETH ROBSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Space Force is getting ready to fight wars, senior NCO says

by Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — It’s fun to talk about Space Force uniforms and blasting troops into orbit, but the first priority for the new service branch is getting capabilities to warfighters, a top Space Force enlisted leader said.

Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, senior noncommissioned officer for Combined Force Space Component Command and Space Operations Command at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., spoke to U.S. and Japanese service members Tuesday during a “Space Symposium” at Yokota, home of U.S. Forces Japan in western Tokyo.

Service members working for the Space Force, which was created in December by designating the Air Force Space Command as its own service branch, are airmen who will eventually become something else, said Bentivegna, who wore a shiny space operations occupational badge.

A photo of the first Space Force name tape on a camouflage uniform on social media recently provoked a slew of snarky comments from people saying the camo wouldn’t blend well with the stars.

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