The US Space Force released its official song, titled “Semper Supra,” on Tuesday. (US Space Force)
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WASHINGTON — The US Space Force released its official song, titled “Semper Supra,” on Tuesday.
The song was first unveiled during Chief of Space Operations General John “Jay” Raymond’s speech at the 2022 Association of Air and Space Forces Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Maryland on Tuesday.
The Space Force is the newest branch of the military, established in 2019. The song was written and composed by two former service members, James Teacherenor, former member of the US Air Force Band at the Space Force Academy Air Force, and Sean Nelson, a US Coast Guard Band trombonist and staff arranger, according to a press release from the Secretary of the Air Force’s Public Affairs office
“The song was a long work in progress because I wanted it to encompass all the capabilities that the Space Force offers and its vision,” Teacherenor said in the statement.
After thinking about the song’s lyrics and melody, Teachernor’s project was sent to “several military bands,” according to the statement. Teachernor later collaborated with Nelson to complete the song.
“I got familiar with the songs from the other branches, but I wanted this one to have its own modern twist to reflect what the Space Force is: modern, new and very advanced,” said Nelson.
The song is named after the US Space Force motto, “Semper Supra,” which is Latin for “Always Above,” according to the statement.
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a Space Force song that will be a part of our culture and heritage for years to come,” Raymond said in the statement. “Our traditions are part of the fabric that binds us all together as we execute our missions side by side.”
Each military branch has its own song. The songs of each military branch are “part of the foundation of the services and represent their values, traditions and culture,” the statement said.
The US Army song is “The Army Goes Rolling Along”, adopted in 1952. The US Marines’ song, “The Marines’ Hymn”, was first adopted in 1929 and updated in 1942.
The lyrics to the official song of the US Space Force are:
We are the mighty watchful eye,
Guardians beyond the blue,
the invisible front,
Brave and true warriors.
Boldly reaching into space,
There is no limit to our sky.
Standing guard both day and night,
We are the Space Force from above.