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Space National Guard

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THE ISSUE: Support S. 503 and H.R. 3048, the Space National Guard Establishment Act, to create the Space National Guard as the primary reserve component of the U.S. Space Force.

Action: Immediately notify your congressional delegation and ask them to support S. 503 introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and H.R. 3048 introduced by Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO).

Please contact your member of Congress by filling out the form below and urging them to support S. 503 and H.R. 3048.

Background

NGAUS strongly supports S. 503 and H.R. 3048, the Space National Guard Establishment Act. This bipartisan legislation would create the Space National Guard as the primary reserve component of the U.S. Space Force.

S. 503 was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Feb. 16, 2023. The Senate bill was cosponsored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA), Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL), Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) and Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV). This is the second time Feinstein and Rubio have introduced this legislation.

Companion legislation to this Senate bill was included in the last two versions of the National Defense Authorization Act introduced in the House. Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) reintroduced a House version of the Space National Guard Establishment Act on May 2, 2023. The House bill was cosponsored by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Rep. William Keating (D-MA), Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR), Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL), Rep. Sylvia Garcia, (D-TX), Rep. Ed Case (D-HI), Rep. Jack Bergman, (R-MI), Rep. Jill Tokuda (D-HI) and Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D-CO).

S. 503 and H.R. 3048, if enacted, would allow the nearly 1,000 airmen currently performing space missions in the National Guard to continue executing these crucial missions unimpeded, while providing the Space Force with combat surge capabilities and delivering space-trained personnel and capabilities to support domestic operations and natural disasters.

The Department of Defense is fielding two options regarding reserve components within the Space Force, but has proposed merging all space missions into a full- and part-time force with no Space Guard.