Screenshot from “Semper Supra” Space Force video.
The United States Space Force has just debuted its very own official song. Before you ask, the answer is, no, the song is not “Duel of the Fates” from Star Wars. And yes, we’re not happy about it either.
Announced Sept. 20 at the 2022 Air & Space Forces Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, the name of the song is the Space Force’s official motto, “Semper Supra,'' which is Latin for “Always Drive a Toyota Supra.” Just kidding. It means “Always Above.”
"Semper Supra," the song, is the result of a yearslong collaborative effort involving former Air Force band member James Teachenor, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond, and Coast Guard musician Sean Nelson. That’s right, it took an airman, a Coastie, and a four-star general about three years to come up with a 40-word song. Well done, guys.
Watch the “Semper Supra” video below.
"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," Raymond said in a press statement. "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."
Created with the hope that it would foster a sense of pride and unity among its fearless Guardians, "Semper Supra" will inevitably become the hardest 30 seconds of every Guardian's career whenever they are forced to sing it at Space Promotion Boards on the moon or whatever weird venues the Space Force uses to assess the promotability of its astronauts.
Let's be real. This song is terrible. But then again, every branch’s song is terrible. No one is headbanging to “The Army Goes Rolling Along” or the Navy’s “Danger Zone.” That’s not what they’re meant for. Each branch of the military has its own song for the sole purpose of inspiring esprit de corps, honoring tradition, and making everyone deeply regret not going to college instead. Welcome to the club, Space Force!
Eric Miller is a former Army Combat Medic from Parkersburg, West Virginia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and has worked with homeless populations and veteran services throughout the state. He is an avid outdoorsman and has recently become interested in woodworking.
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