Posted on May 7, 2015
SPC Chad Kolod
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Does anybody have a badge that sparks a lot of conversation? While I was in, I was awarded the Army Space Badge, and people would ask about often. The true qualifications were; you had to attend atleast one of a select few space operations course and and serve for atleast 12 months within space command. In my case I attended the Satellite Network Coordinators course or 1C course. Now you receive the badge as soon as you graduate from one of the courses. If you ask someone with the badge you usually get some sort of sarcastic reply, like its the satellite door gunner badge. Lol. Any one else have any cool badges they don't mind spoiling for the rest of us??
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SGT Richard H.
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Ninja pirate badge
I got asked about this special qualification badge a lot.
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SGT Richard H.
SGT Richard H.
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Capt Mark Strobl that's very true, Sir. The attrition rate is very near 100%
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PFC Scott O'Connor
PFC Scott O'Connor
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And a true Ninja would NEVER tell you the REAL graduation rate. Or that they graduated at all... ;-)

Ninja Parates, however, DO tell, because they...steal Ninjas.
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PFC Scott O'Connor
PFC Scott O'Connor
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Pirate, not parate. No one wants a parate. Except Pirates, they want a parrot.
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SPC Todd Rhoades
SPC Todd Rhoades
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I can probably guess who presented it, and I would feel pretty special too.
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Lt Col Aerospace Planner
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Ahh yes the one badge the Army adopted from its sister service the Air Force. Its now just the Space Operations badge since both services adopted it. Originally, it was the AF Space Ops badge. It was created after the AF decided to separate two career fields, space and missiles. Prior to 2005 all officers that were missileers were also space operations officers. They used to do one tour in the hole working in the ICBM silos. Then a space ops tour. When they separated them they decided to make space a non flying rated field. With this they decided to make a new badge commensurate with other rated fields like pilot/rpa pilot, navigator, and air battle manager. Before this badge the space ops people wore a traditional looking AFSC badge which are the ones that have some sort of design wrapped around an oblong wreath.

Now that they created this badge it is considered in the Air Force to be of the same precedence as aeronautical ratings and wings. They are worn on top all badges if it represents your current duty AFSC, this was a first. It used to be that pilot wings were always your highest badge except chaplain insignia.

There is one more badge similar to this that was created a few years later. The AF Cyber Operations badge looks similar except the wing is a bunch of lightning bolts. This replaced the standard communications officer AFSC insignia.
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SGT John Mcghee
SGT John Mcghee
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Damn, I never got any of them and my USAF prior service was 30456 Space Comm Equip operator/ Tech. I was the first AFSATCOM operator/ tech. First FOT&E maint rep. I installed remote terminals in SAC underground CP, Looking Glass and NEACP aircraft, and some silos, wrote the LOI's... never got a badge..it was 77-81 so they probly didn't make one yet.
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SGT John Mcghee
SGT John Mcghee
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SGT John Mcghee at least I got my CAB from the Army for blowing shit up in Ramadi 05-06.
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SPC Lyle Montgomery
SPC Lyle Montgomery
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SGT John Mcghee - I too have the CIB. It is one of the most prestigeous badges in the Army and even a private can be awarded one
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CPT Daniel Cox
CPT Daniel Cox
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When Space Command gets their own Academy, will the students be known as Space Carets?
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1SG Civil Affairs Specialist
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Never seen anyone with a Space Badge.
Looks like something awarded at Starfleet Academy.
Leave it to the Air Force...
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TSgt Joshua Copeland
TSgt Joshua Copeland
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At my base, half the the HQ staff have them.
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Lt Col Aerospace Planner
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Usaf   occupational badge   space and missile
MSgt Mike Mikulski

They still have the Pocket Rocket for Missileers. Missile Operations badge officially. The only difference is the officers rating has a wreath around the Rocket. The pocket rocket w/o wreath is for Missile MX. The Buzz Light Years replaced the more tradional looking AFSC space badge, in the picture above.
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I have, u see more of them in the 14 series mos. Some soldiers randomly get selected to go to space command straight out of AIT to go, which makes no sense because straight out of ait are unqualified to do literally anything.
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MAJ Haris Balcinovic
MAJ Haris Balcinovic
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Had a guy in my Captain's Career Course which Space badge.
Thought it was weird but hey we have Space Force now
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