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The U.S. Space Force has started its first foreign command in South Korea. The move is widely seen as Washington’s effort to crack down on rivals North Korea, China and Russia.
The first U.S. Space Force unit outside the continental United States kicked off in a ceremony at Osan Air Force Base, 40 miles (65 km) south of Seoul.
The Space Force is the newest arm of the military in more than 70 years, launched in December 2019 under then-President Donald Trump.
At the launch ceremony, the chief of the new space unit, Lt. Col. Joshua McAllion, suggested the unit would help prepare for and counter threats in the region, such as from North Korea, just 48 miles north of the facility. Did.
“There is a threat that exists just 48 miles north of us.