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Five Idaho Airmen transfer to U.S. Space Force in ‘historical’ change

Five airmen from Idaho’s 366th Communication Squadron in the U.S. Air Force were sworn in to the U.S. Space Force in a “historical” transfer.

The transfer is a historical ceremony that has not happened since the USAF was established in 1947, according to a press release from the Air Force.

“I was very excited to hear that I was selected to be a part of the USSF,” said Airman 1st Class Douglas Eugene McCoppin, 366th CS radio frequency transmission systems technician in a statement. “It will be amazing to be there from the beginning and see how a new service is set up and how it takes shape.”

For the transfer to happen, airmen applying must fall under a common Air Force Specialty Code in both branches, including cyberspace operations, engineering, intelligence and acquisition, according to the Air Force.

The decision board was looking for space experience, but it did not disqualify people from applying.

“After this, the board looked at various records certifications possessed, expertise levels and other factors to make the final decisions,” Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th CS operations flight commander said in a statement. “Being denied acceptance to the USSF did not mean the person had an inadequate job performance, it simply meant the USSF needed someone with a different set of skills and experience.”

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