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OTS commissions first Space Force officers

Space Force Second Lieutenants Amy Coba and Elizabeth Kowal, Officer Training School Class 20-08 graduates, raise their right hand and recite the Space Force Oath of Office

Space Force Second Lieutenants Amy Coba and Elizabeth Kowal, Officer Training School Class 20-08 graduates, recite the Space Force Oath of Office October 16, 2020, at the OTS parade field on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Alongside their counterparts from the Air Force Academy, Coba and Kowal are now among more than 16,000 military and civilian personnel assigned to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

Air Force Col. Nikki Lindhorst, Air University space chair, poses with Space Force 2nd Lieutenants Elizabeth Kowal and Amy Coba

Air Force Col. Nikki Lindhorst, Air University space chair, poses with Space Force 2nd Lieutenants Elizabeth Kowal and Amy Coba, after the Officer Training School Class 20-08 graduation October 16, 2020, at the OTS parade field on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Lindhorst presided over the ceremony to welcome the newly-appointed officers from Class 20-08 to the Air Force and Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

Trainees from Officer Training School Class 20-08 stand at attention during their graduation ceremony

Trainees from Officer Training School Class 20-08 stand at attention during their graduation ceremony October 16, 2020, at the OTS parade field on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Although the OTS mission has historically been to properly educate and train Air Force officers for the field, that mission has now been expanded to accommodate space professionals as well. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

A newly commissioned Air Force officer video calls his friends and family after his Officer Training School graduation with his fellow classmates.

A newly commissioned Air Force officer video calls his friends and family after his Officer Training School graduation October 16, 2020, at the OTS parade field on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. These graduates have joined over 50,000 officers currently serving in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

An Officer Training School graduate takes a photo of his classmates after their parade ceremony

An Officer Training School graduate takes a photo of his classmates after their parade ceremony October 16, 2020, at the OTS parade field on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. These graduates are now among over 50,000 officers currently serving in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

A guidon bearer from Officer Training School Class 20-08 stands at attention during the opening remarks at the OTS parade field

A guidon bearer from Officer Training School Class 20-08 stands at attention during the opening remarks at the OTS parade field October 16, 2020, at the OTS parade field on Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. Officer Training School is one of three ways by which officers can earn their commission. Officers can also earn a commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program or the Air Force Academy.(U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jackson Manske)

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala --

Air University’s Officer Training School commissioned its first two U.S. Space Force officers Oct. 16, 2020 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

The OTS mission has historically been to properly educate and train Air Force officers to be prepared for the field, that mission has now been expanded to accommodate space professionals as well.

Second Lieutenants Amy Coba & Elizabeth Kowal, members of OTS class 20-08, are the first Space Force officers commissioned through OTS.

“It was a unique and memorable experience to be amongst the entire 20-08 class,” Coba said. “I had the full support of my flight and I became well known amongst the Spartan squadron. Everyone I encountered was excited and proud of me for making history.”

“I feel like a pioneer going into a new realm of the military,” Kowal said. “This is literally the adventure of a lifetime and I can't wait to jump in with everything that I have. I look forward to the challenge of contributing to a more diverse and inclusive branch of professionals from industry and military alike. I'm eager to further my knowledge of space while protecting my country.”

Alongside their counterparts from the Air Force Academy, Coba and Kowal are now among the select few who have commissioned directly into the new branch, joining the more than 16,000 military and civilian personnel who transferred from the Air Force Space Command.

“Every time someone discovered that I was commissioning directly into the Space Force their eyes would light up and I was instantly met with support and encouragement from my peers,” Kowal said.

Coba and Kowal have paved the way for a new generation of U.S. Space Force officers, marking a significant milestone for the DoD as a whole.

“I am thrilled to be part of the journey in establishing the foundations of the Space Force and to lead the United States in space exploration,” Coba said. “It is an honor and privilege to serve my country and pave the way for future generations of space professionals.”

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