Constitution hosts First Space Force Transfer Ceremony

The first Space Force commissioning ceremony aboard USS Constitution occurred Feb. 4, formally transferring an Air Force captain into the Space Force.

The Space Force is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.

“The Air Force gave me the amazing opportunity to learn and grow as an Airman, an experience I will never forget,” said newly-transferred Space Force Capt. Benjamin Berezin. “However, I couldn’t pass up the once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of this new branch of service and to help launch its initial success as a Guardian.”

A trip to nearby Hanscom Air Force base opened Berezin to the idea of holding his transfer ceremony aboard Old Ironsides.

“Two years ago, I drove cross country from New Mexico to Massachusetts with my father,” said Berezin. “Old Ironsides was one of the first places we visited upon our arrival while trekking along the Freedom Trail. Thankfully, we were able to explore the museum and hear the blast of the cannon at sundown, a sound that resonated within me and helped to solidify those memories.”

After being selected to serve in the Space Force, Berezin’s memories inspired him to reach out to the crew of Constitution.

“I did not know, at first, whether I would be able to have a ceremony on the frigate,” said Berezin. “But it was that memory which led me to explore and ask the question ‘Can I once again take an oath to support and defend the Constitution on a ship that bears the same name?’ Thanks to its amazing crew, the answer turned out to be yes!”

Two years after his trip to Massachusetts, Berezin found himself once again aboard Constitution with his father by his side, as he officially transferred to the Space Force.

“I will strive to leave as lasting of an impact as the Constitution left on me,” said Berezin. “Our space systems and infrastructure should be as enduring as this stellar ship.

The first Space Force commissioning ceremony aboard USS Constitution occurred Feb. 4, formally transferring an Air Force captain into the Space Force.

The Space Force is a military service that organizes, trains, and equips space forces in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.

“The Air Force gave me the amazing opportunity to learn and grow as an Airman, an experience I will never forget,” said newly-transferred Space Force Capt. Benjamin Berezin. “However, I couldn’t pass up the once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of this new branch of service and to help launch its initial success as a Guardian.”

A trip to nearby Hanscom Air Force base opened Berezin to the idea of holding his transfer ceremony aboard Old Ironsides.

“Two years ago, I drove cross country from New Mexico to Massachusetts with my father,” said Berezin. “Old Ironsides was one of the first places we visited upon our arrival while trekking along the Freedom Trail. Thankfully, we were able to explore the museum and hear the blast of the cannon at sundown, a sound that resonated within me and helped to solidify those memories.”

After being selected to serve in the Space Force, Berezin’s memories inspired him to reach out to the crew of Constitution.

“I did not know, at first, whether I would be able to have a ceremony on the frigate,” said Berezin. “But it was that memory which led me to explore and ask the question ‘Can I once again take an oath to support and defend the Constitution on a ship that bears the same name?’ Thanks to its amazing crew, the answer turned out to be yes!”

Two years after his trip to Massachusetts, Berezin found himself once again aboard Constitution with his father by his side, as he officially transferred to the Space Force.

“I will strive to leave as lasting of an impact as the Constitution left on me,” said Berezin. “Our space systems and infrastructure should be as enduring as this stellar ship.

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