BOURNE (CBS) — The Cape Cod Air Force Base has been renamed the Cape Cod Space Force Station.
The name was officially changed on Friday.READ MORE: MCAS Results From 2021 Spring Exam Show Expected Pandemic-Related Drops In Math And English Scores
The Space Force is now the United States sixth military branch. The base will serve as home of the 6th Space Warning Squadron, where they provide missile warning, missile defense and space surveillance.READ MORE: Survey Identifies Massachusetts City With The Rudest Drivers
Space Operations Command commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting said making this distinction marks a significant step towards recognizing space as a warfighting domain.
“Renaming Air Force installations where space operations is the primary mission more closely reflects the overall mission of the base,” said Whiting. “Renaming these installations is critical to building a distinct culture and identity for the Space Force.”MORE NEWS: Johnson & Johnson Says Its Booster Shot 94% Effective Against COVID-19
Cape Cod Air Force Station had been first activated on October 1, 1979.