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Porton Down Exchange Officer Inducted Into US Space Force

The US Space Force is the newest branch of the US military and trains forces to protect US and allied interests in space.

A United States Air Force officer, on secondment with the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), has been inducted into the United States Space Force (USSF).

Captain Jake Singleton attested his Oath of Office in a virtual ceremony attended by UK Director Space Air Vice Marshal Harv Smyth, Col Charles Metrolis, Air Attaché, from the US Embassy in London, military and civilian colleagues and his family.

And Capt Singleton said working within the Space Programme at Porton Down, Wiltshire "has been a highlight" of his career. 

"I am energised by the successes we have had in increasing international cooperation and am convinced that it was only possible through that US and UK partnership," he said.

"I plan to bring every lesson learned and relationship that I have developed here in the UK into my career with the US Space Force as everything we do in the future becomes a collaborative and global effort.

"I am grateful that I had the opportunity to take this step here in England while working directly with the UK team."

Capt Singleton has been seconded to Dstl's Space Programme under the US Engineer and Scientist Exchange Programme (ESEP).

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Capt Singleton has been on secondment in the UK with Dstl (Picture: PA).

Dstl Chief Executive Gary Aitkenhead said Capt Singleton had "made a considerable impact with Dstl", adding it was "fitting" he took the USSF Oath of Office while working at Porton Down.

Colonel Metrolis, who administered the Oath of Office said, as a previous exchange officer, he was "honored" to administer the oath to Capt Singleton.

"His leadership, devotion to country and now renewed dedication to the United States Space Force are shining qualities of an officer I am proud to serve with," he said.

The USSF is the newest branch of the US Armed Forces and organises, trains and equips space forces to protect US and allied interests in space.

Capt Singleton was the lead for International Space Pitch Day (ISPD) which, funded by both the US and UK defence departments, aims to find, fund and fast-track innovation and technology.

Dstl is collaborating with US and other international partners on numerous research programmes to maintain safety and security in space, ensuring the continued operation of critical space infrastructure.

Cover image: US Department of Defense.