From the Halls of Montezuma to infinity and beyond: now introducing Space Marines

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As if 2020 hasn't brought us enough surprises, U.S. Space Command announced on Friday that the U.S. military can now count Space Marines among its ranks ... or something along those lines.

According to a press release, the Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger ordered the activation of the Marine Corps Forces Space Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., effective Oct. 1, 2020.

The new command "will focus on providing space operational support to the Fleet Marine Force," the press release said. It will be led by Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Matthew G. Glavy.

Marine Corps Forces Space Command

Marine Corps Forces Space Command

According to Space News, MARFORSPACE will "rely on space experts who previously supported Marine Corps Forces Strategic Command." 

Glavy, who will be a dual-hatted commander of both MARFORSPACE and Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command, said he was "humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead this new organization." 

"This is a pivotal time for our nation," Glavy said in the press release. "The commandant has made the bold move Marines are known for to ensure our relevancy and readiness." 

While the operational element of this news may seem rather droll, the reaction to the news online was ... as expected.

"SPACE MARINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" one Twitter user said.

"Space ship door gunner?!?? Where do I sign up?" another tweeted

From the Halls of Montezuma, to infinity and beyond...