‘We’re the Space Force from on high’: The newest U.S. military branch gets its official song

Last updated on September 20, 2022

The Space Force adopted an official song on Tuesday, according to a press release from the newest U.S. military branch.

The song, “Semper Supra,” was unveiled during the Air & Space Forces Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference Monday, the announcement said. The song title is derived from the U.S. Space Force’s motto, “Always Above,” and like the official songs of the other U.S. military branches, reflects the values and traditions of the Space Force.

Former U.S. Air Force band member James Teachenor began working with Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond to create the song’s lyrics and melody when the branch was formed in 2019.

“The song was a long work in progress because I wanted it to encompass all the capabilities that the Space Force offers and its vision,” Teachenor said.

“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. “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.”

From the moment former president Donald Trump created the new military wing tasked with defending military satellites and operating the network of GPS satellites, the Space Force has piqued the public’s imagination (and incredulity), even inspiring the creation of a Netflix parody of the same name. Despite the jokes and memes, the Space Force has several serious defense duties, from alerting troops to incoming missiles to jamming transmissions of enemy satellites.

Listen to “Semper Supra” here.

Read the lyrics below:

We’re the mighty watchful eye,

Guardians beyond the blue,

The invisible front line,

Warfighters brave and true.

Boldly reaching into space,

There’s no limit to our sky.

Standing guard both night and day,

We’re the Space Force from on high.