One of the most famous U.S. military organizations is the Us Air Force Space Command, a branch of the USAF that existed until 2019. It came into existence in 1982, after Aerospace Defense Command was eliminated, and for the next 37 years, it dealt with complex strategic tasks. The AFSPC had the greatest impact on the Gulf War because the course of combat operations depended directly on space forces. The service was headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base. The last commander was General John W. Raymond, who took office in 2016.
Meaning and History
When Us Air Force Space Command ceased to exist, its logo became the basis for the U.S. Space Force emblem. In the original, it looked like a shaped shield of blue with lots of interesting details. In the center was a gray triangle in the form of an upward pointing arrow. It was not just a geometric figure, but Delta. It is often compared with the Starfleet symbol, accusing American military organizations of plagiarism. In fact, it represented the U.S. Army Air Forces long before the advent of the Star Trek franchise. It began in use as early as 1942 and was inherited by the space program in 1961.
The Delta on the AFSPC logo consisted of four blocks of different hues that made it look three-dimensional. Behind it was a blue circle with a black grid of meridians and parallels. Two crossed rings crossed it – evidently the trail of rockets or the orbit of satellites. On them were two yellow four-pointed stars. Seven more silvery five-pointed stars scattered chaotically around: one to the right and three at the top and bottom. A small white ball with a gray shadow occupied the empty space on the left.
The blue shield had an orange line around the edge. The white scroll had the same outline, which framed the lower corner of the heraldic element. Inside it was a blue inscription “AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND” in serif capital letters. In a way, the AFSPC logo honors the history of the USAF because planets, stars, orbits, and arrowheads are traditional symbols of space-related units.
The blue circle with the grid system represents our planet. So it is no accident that Delta is in the foreground: this fact indicates that it is “ahead of the rest of the planet.” In addition, the triangular symbol looks like another shield, but not a heraldic one, but a barrier. It speaks of Us Air Force Space Command’s readiness to defend the planet as a whole and the home country in particular. The two white lines-orbits and chaotically placed stars symbolize the space environment. In turn, the base in the form of a shaped shield is a tribute to the traditional design of the emblems.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
The only inscription on the AFSPC logo is inside a white scroll, so the letters are not lined up in a straight line but tilted and shifted in different directions. The text is distorted to fit the shape of the yellow frame in which it is placed. But it has remained legible, allowing the typeface to be identified. The designers chose the then-popular high-contrast Antiqua with long and thin serifs.
For all the variety of elements, the color scheme is limited. It includes several shades of gray, blue, yellow, white, and black. The latter is used only for individual lines in limited quantities.