All of the uniformed service branches within the United States have their very own official Song:The Marines have the “Marine Hymn,” the Army sings “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” and officers of the Uniformed Public Health Service march to “The March of the US Public Health Service.”
Now the most recent companies department, the US Space Force, can add its personal musical theme to the combo, as Space Force chief Gen. Jay Raymond unveiled the tune “Semper Supra” Tuesday throughout a keynote on the 2022 Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Maryland.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a Space Force song that will be part of our culture and heritage for years to come,” Gen. Raymond stated in a media assertion. “Our traditions are part of the fabric that weave us all together as we execute our missions side-by-side; I will be proud to sing ‘Semper Supra’ alongside my fellow Guardians.”
Space Force service members are referred to as guardians, contrasting with troopers, sailors, airmen, and marines of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.
The music takes its title from the Space Force Motto, Semper Supra, or “always above,” in Latin, and in response to a Space Force media launch, “It was created to capture the esprit de corps of both current and future Guardians, and intends to bring together service members by giving them a sense of pride.”
The music is temporary, containing just one stanza of lyrics:
We’re the mighty watchful eye,
Guardians past the blue,
The invisible entrance line,
Warfighters courageous and true.
Boldly reaching into area,
There’s no restrict to our sky.
Standing guard each evening and day,
We’re the Space Force from on excessive.
The music was created by Gen. Raymond, singer/songwriter James Teachenor, a former Air Force service member and member of the Air Force Band, and Sean Nelson, chief musician with the US Coast Guard Band.
“I received the melody and words from James, and he wanted me to help add the harmony and to orchestrate it,” Nelson stated. “At first, it started with singing and the piano. I became familiar with the other branches’ songs, but I wanted this one to have its own modern spin to reflect what the Space Force is — modern, new and very advanced.”
The US Space Force is the most recent navy service department of the US. First proposed by former President Donald Trump in 2018, it was formally created in December 2019.